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Friday, April 26, 2019

Have you caught anything?

Today we have a wonderful apparition of Jesus to some of his disciples. Peter decided to go fishing and the six disciples who were with him decided that they would also go with him. They got in the boat and went out to fish but all night they caught nothing. Then, "when it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus."

How often I do not realize it is Jesus who calls out to me. He calls to his disciples and asks if they have caught anything to eat. When they say a rather abrupt "no" (remember they are tired, hungry, and discouraged after a night of work having caught not a single fish!), then Jesus tells them to cast the net to the right side of the boat and they will find something. They do so and cannot pull the net in because of the number of fish. Then, "the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, 'It is the Lord.'" Peter then jumps into the sea but the others stay in the boat dragging the net with all the fish. Jesus is waiting for them with a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. He has prepared breakfast for them.

I love the thoughtfulness of Jesus. He knew they would be tired and hungry and maybe cold; he had everything prepared for them and even put more of the freshly caught fish on the fire for them. I just like imagining that I am there, too, having breakfast with Jesus.

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