WHAT TO DO

Listen to your favorite worship song.
Read the Biblical Text and Thoughts
Sit in silence and Meditate on the words
Journal what you hear from the Holy Spirit
Read the prayer and add to it as the Holy Spirit Leads

BIBLICAL TEXT

John 21:1–14 (The Message)
1After this, Jesus appeared again to the disciples, this time at the Tiberias Sea (the Sea of Galilee). This is how he did it:
2Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed “Twin”), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the brothers Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.
3Simon Peter announced, “I’m going fishing.” The rest of them replied, “We’re going with you.” They went out and got in the boat. They caught nothing that night.
4When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they didn’t recognize him.
5Jesus spoke to them: “Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?” They answered, “No.”
6He said, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.” They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in.
7Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Master!” When Simon Peter realized that it was the Master, he threw on some clothes, for he was stripped for work, and dove into the sea.
8The other disciples came in by boat for they weren’t far from land, a hundred yards or so, pulling along the net full of fish.
9When they got out of the boat, they saw a fire laid, with fish and bread cooking on it.
10Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught.”
11Simon Peter joined them and pulled the net to shore—153 big fish! And even with all those fish, the net didn’t rip.
12Jesus said, “Breakfast is ready.” Not one of the disciples dared ask, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Master.
13Jesus then took the bread and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish.
14This was now the third time Jesus had shown himself alive to the disciples since being raised from the dead.


THOUGHTS

The disciples life has been completely altered. Jesus, whom the disciples spent 3 plus years together with, was crucified, rose from the dead, and appeared in the seclusion of a room located up a set of stairs. While they celebrated His resurrection appearance, the humanity in them had to be wondering what was next.

The next thing for them was recorded in the John 21 text. They went fishing, they went back to their normal life. They are doing what they always have done. And, it was not going well. They went to bed without catching any food. So, they went to the shore and got into their boat for another routine day of fishing. But the day was unlike any other. They had a conversation with a stranger on the shore (Jesus – whom they did not recognize). The stranger gave them a fishing tip. Nothing to lose, they did what the stranger asked.

153 fish. Interesting the Gospel writer John recorded an exact number. Not sure why, but what I want us to take away is that Jesus cares for us even to the point of 153 fish and a net not breaking under the weight of the haul.

Then suddenly, they recognized Jesus. Peter jumped overboard and headed to shore as the others tugged and pulled the great number of fish.

They were hungry and Jesus had the fire started, provided the great number of fish, and they ate together.

As I was reading and reflecting on this text, I could not help but think about how our lives have been completely altered because of COVID-19. We need to look for Jesus and His leading in the craziness called “stay at home.” When we are released from “stay at home” we will join together in a time of sharing a meal together.

I would suggest that the meal not just be US. Instead harken back to Jesus’ parable of inviting others to join in the banquet. Invite those who are around you to the meal we will be sharing and introduce them to Jesus.

PRAYER

LORD – clear our eyes so we can see You in the midst of the COVID-19. It is appropriate for us to lament and cry out toYou.. It is not appropriate to blame You for this. Help us to see others as Jesus taught us to see. Help us the respond in loving our neighbors. AMEN.

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