The time was several days after Jesus’ second appearance to his disciples in that upper room in Jerusalem. The Place was somewhere on the Western Shore of the Sea of Galilee. Seven of Jesus’ disciples were gathered there, waiting to see what would happen next.
Peter said to the others, “I’m going fishing”. It was only natural that he should think of doing what he had done before Jesus called him.
The others answered, “We’ll go with you.” Going fishing was better than just sitting around wondering what would happen next. Their discipleship to Jesus had given them a common bond. So they went out together in one of the boats that was there and fished all night, catching nothing.
You know the rest of the story. As they neared the shore they saw Jesus standing by a charcoal fire in which some fish were cooking, but they didn’t recognize him. He called out to them; “Have you caught nothing?
Cast your net on the other side of the boat.” Just them John recognized Jesus. He told Peter, “It is the Lord!” As happened in most of Jesus’ other appearances after his resurrection, he was recognized only when he began to act; when he invited them to have breakfast with him.
That breakfast consisted partly of the fish Jesus had begun to cook, and partly of the fish the disciples had caught after Jesus told them to put the net over the other side.
Can you see from this how the work that Jesus calls us to do is reliant both on Jesus’ call and also on our response of faith and love—and the labor of each of us to carry it out?
So, Brothers, remember that we live by the grace that God gives us, and by the generosity and love which each of us cam show to one another.
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