Friday 26 April 2019
Acts 4:1-12. Psalm 117(118):1-2, 4, 22-27. John 21:1-14
The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone – Psalm 117(118):1-2, 4, 22-27.
‘Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish.’
We find the risen Jesus by the lakeside where he had invited his first disciples to follow him. Thanks to his intervention, after a fruitless evening’s fishing, seven of them secure in an unbroken net a great catch. Like the two disciples at Emmaus, they recognise both him and their mission in this sign. Moving forward, Jesus’ words in the supper discourse, ‘Without me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5), must surely have taken on a new meaning for the disciples.
When Jesus says ‘Come and have breakfast’ on one level he is simply inviting the disciples to a meal of bread and fish. At a deeper level, the offering is eucharistic and the company is restorative. It is a moment of healing and fulfilment. Jesus prepares the way for the next scene in Simon Peter’s discipleship journey, when he is given a mission to ‘feed’ and ‘tend’ the flock.