Sunday, March 08, 2020

In their own words: Day 12

John 21.3
Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

After the resurrection, the disciples were confused and exhausted. However joyful they felt at seeing Jesus again, they could make no sense of what had happened. It was as if they had been on an emotional roller coaster.
Peter decided to go fishing, to do something he knew how to do, to reach for the comfort of something familiar. But even that goes wrong. They catch nothing. Have his old skills deserted him?
They see someone on the shoreline, who tells them to cast their nets on the other side of the boat, and, lo and behold, they catch a multitude of fish. They recognise the person who has helped them as Jesus, and find that he has already built a fire on the shore, and is cooking breakfast for them. It’s the same story we read on Day 1, but John uses it here, as a reminder to Peter that Jesus is still there, still able to help, and that he can still rely on him.

·         What do you do when you feel overwhelmed or upset? How might you remind yourself of God’s presence in those times?

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