It sounds like boredom got the better of them. In time, they gradually drifted back to their usual work, fishing. Even that wasn’t so profitable. Not a fish in sight, until the voice of a stranger on the shoreline in the murky dark light of the morning called to try the other side. To their amazement, they caught a net full of fish. A hasty return to shore to greet the stranger they now knew was Jesus followed, with greetings and breakfast.
RESURRECTION AND DAILY LIFE
Up to this point all resurrection appearances had been unique and in the context of unexpected encounters - Mary’s personal encounter with Jesus, an example. The two followers returning to Emmaus, initially sense Jesus while recalling the story of scripture then, recognizing him in the breaking of bread at the meal table, then there was the appearance in the upper room.
Today’s appearance has a touch of difference. This is Jesus appearing in the context of one’s daily life and work. Resurrection awareness can impact all realms of our life. Most significantly that area that we spend most of our time engaged within, our work.
As the disciples discovered, the vision of Christ does impact the way we engage with work, even fishing. Resurrection challenges us to think that there are always possibilities that we haven’t considered. Sometimes, as simple as throwing the net out on the other side of the boat.
Setting goals is a natural part of our life. Education, career, family, money etc…They shape the roadway our life takes. But what is the quality of that road? The second half of the gospel story today, introduces a new and vital dimension to resurrection life. It is a different type of goal. It is the resurrection call to love.
PETER AND THE CALL TO LOVE
This message centres upon Peters failure on Good Friday with Jesus recalling Peter’s three denials of Jesus. Jesus displays an unexpected expression of love aimed at the point of Peter’s most debilitating pain. We imagine that once the group have completed breakfast, Jesus beckons Peter to wonder off down the beach with him for a personal talk. Jesus knows the story of the three denials. He perceives the pain Peter now carries, a pain Jesus determines to heal.
His healing comes in the form of a new purpose of life. It is the call to live in love.
On three occasions he gives him a chance to reaffirm his love of Jesus. With each one it carries the potential to distinguish the pain of his denial. With each one there is a specific mission of love. Feed my lambs. Tend my sheep. Feed my sheep.
To be human is to find a path way in life. A volunteer, a home maker, a work career. We are all different, yet all important for making a contribution on that pathway of our choice. But to be a disciple is to take us on a step beyond this natural path. It is to hear this call to love that Peter heard directly from Jesus.Whatever involvement we have in life is an opportunity to discover the divine love that Jesus displayed.
Life involves encounters with others. Resurrection attitude awakens our vision to see the opportunity of love in each of these encounters. This is the mission Peter was called to. It is the model for all disciples. It is Resurrection living.