Jesus wanted to leave the disciples ready to build a world changing life redeeming Church. He knew they had to be ready to share his resurrection no matter how outlandish it would sound. So when he appeared the next time, he did so over breakfast. He also led them to the biggest catch they could imagine—just as he did when they were first called to join him. Jesus loved these guys and wanted to join them where they were at, no prerequisites or lists that were checked off.
In addition, he wanted them to remain themselves—Thomas the doubter, Peter the Bull in a china closet and John his devoted friend and leader. They were not going to become new religious leaders, they were to become warriors, servants and men that faced death all day long in the name of their Lord and master.
Nothing has changed, Jesus is still calling us to be ourselves and to be warrior, servants. He does not want a particular flavor or brand. He just wants us to be us for him. This kind of life is very low pressure and high reward. Mostly though, Jesus wants us to want to follow him. Following him out of love not out of obligation. He will provide and he will guide us just as he did that morning on the beach—all the fish and where to fish. Thast is our Lord.
God Bless You
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”“No,” they answered.
He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him for he had taken it off and jumped into the water.
When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”
Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.