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1 - After he rose from the dead, "Jesus showed himself
again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself
in this way.
2 - Gathered there together were Simon Peter,
1- Thomas called the Twin,
2 - Nathanael of Cana in Galilee,
1- the sons of Zebedee,
2 - and two others of his disciples.
1 - Simon Peter said to them,
2- ‘I am going fishing.’
1 - They said to him,
2 - ‘We will go with you.’
1 - They went out and got into the boat, but that night they
caught nothing. Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but
the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them,
2 - ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’
1 - They answered him,
2 - ‘No.’
1 - He said to them,
2 - ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you
will find some.’
1 - So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in
because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said
2 - ‘It is the Lord!’
1 - When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on
some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the
other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for
they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish
on it, and bread. Jesus said to them,
2 - ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’
1 - So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full
of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were
so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them,
2 - ‘Come and have breakfast.’
1 - Now none of the disciples dared to ask him,
2 - ‘Who are you?’
1 - because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the
bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
2 - This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the
disciples after he was raised from the dead...."
1 - Did you ‘catch’ something beside fish from that
resurrection story? As you ‘cast the net’ of your attention to
this Word from God, did you ‘pull in’ some of the excitement of
the disciple Peter? Once he knew it was Jesus on the beach, he
couldn’t wait for the boat to row ashore. He jumped in and swam.
2 - Did you hear Jesus’ invitation to come and eat? An abundant
catch filled their nets, reminiscent of an earlier haul the day
those disciples first said "yes" to him. A fire crackling
on the sand, fish cooking on a stick, bread broken and multiplying
into many hands. An abundant feast!
1 - Come, brothers and sisters, let’s share the goodness of the
2 - Come, sisters and brothers, let’s sing our resurrection
1 - "Low in the grave he lay," Yes, that’s true.
2 - But "up from the grave he arose!" #273