Friday 17 April 2020
Acts 4:1-12. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone – Psalm 117(118):1-2, 4, 22-27. John 21:1-14.
‘It is the Lord!’
At the sea of Tiberias, the disciples spend a night fishing without success – fishing was their way of life before they followed Jesus. In the morning, the risen Jesus appears on the beach, but the disciples do not recognise him. Jesus then invites them to cast their nets to the other side. They catch many fish, and the disciple whom Jesus loved announces to Peter ‘it is the Lord!’ Peter jumps into the sea because of his strong desire to be close to Jesus.
Jesus cooks fish and bread on a charcoal fire and invites the disciples to breakfast. This beachside meal fellowship reminds us of the intimacy we share with Jesus in the Eucharist. He stays with us in the meals we share with friends and family; these too can be experiences of communion with God, one another, and the creation out of whose gifts we eat.