April 18, 2010: 3rd Sunday of Easter
Jesus revealed himself again to his companions by the Sea of Tiberias; and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his followers were together. 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. (John 21:1-3)
To appreciate this part of St. John’s gospel, you must read the rest of the story, John 21:1-14.
It is a great story of Jesus’ appearance, his encouragement of the apostles to keep on fishing until they gathered a net full of fish, and breakfast on the beach, thanks to Jesus. Through many appearances after his death and resurrection, Jesus assured his followers that he was still with them; they had nothing to fear.
Now that spring and warmer weather are finally here, you will spend more time out doors. Hopefully you will soon enjoy a backyard barbecue or a picnic at a park with your family or friends. When you do, remember that Jesus is with you just as surely as he was with the apostles in today’s gospel. Think about the difference the presence of Jesus can make when you spend time with other people. How will you be with your family, with your friends if Jesus is also present among you?