“I am going fishing.”


Third Sunday of Easter
Lectionary: 48

When Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” , and his companions said to him, “We also will come with you.”; I wonder what frame of mind these disciples of Jesus were in. Were they actively trying at that time to repeat the journey they began with Christ, or were they seeking relief from the horrors of Good Friday? I would guess that when Peter said he was going fishing, he was trying to return to his old life as a simple fisherman. On that lake though could he really forget all that he had been through and return to his past? Of the time the disciples spent with Jesus, everything in that region must have been a reminder of those experiences.The revelation of Christ on that shoreline is the words of Gamaliel ringing true in their lives: “For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” Peter had denied Christ at Christ’s passion, but at the shore of this lake, in reliving those events, he must have known where he stood in relation to the Gospel of Jesus versus the old testament he followed in the past.” He dove right in for he was lightly clad.” He left behind the baggage of his past and began a life in Christ. At this moment he was that Jew who dove into the Red Sea causing the waters to part. He broke free of that past and embraced a future. Breakfast is a breaking of a fast and moving on to something new. For Peter it was the end of being a simple Fisherman and his beginning as a fisher of men. Peter denied Christ three times, three times Jesus asks “Peter do you love me?” and three times he is told “feed my sheep.” Conversion is never a clean and simple process. It involves the questions of the disciples, their errors stumbles and doubts, but if it is genuine conversions do happen. Simon Peter and the disciples likely went to that lake to clear their heads, and that is what they accomplished when Christ appeared to them at that shore.It became clear that they could not go back to a past and deny the truth of Christ , but instead they had to move forward on that course Jesus charted for them.When they travelled to that lake they were mournful of that death on a cross,but as they feasted at that breakfast I can’t help but imagine their rejoicing in their recognition of the Easter Christ.

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