“Just Thinking…” John 21: 1-14

After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tibe’ri-as; and he revealed himself in this way.   Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathan’a-el of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zeb’edee, and two others of his disciples 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.    Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.    Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any fish?” They answered him, “No.”    He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish.    That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang 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, but about a hundred yards off.   When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread.    Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”   So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.   Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.   Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.   This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.  (John 21: 1-14)

In reading the gospel  for today (above), I had a few thoughts.  I highlighted the parts that really stood out for me.  First of all, I’m intrigued by the fact that those who saw Jesus after He resurrected from the dead did not recognize Him right away.  How does His glorified body look so different?  Will we look different when we rise from the dead?  I’m hoping that if I die an old woman, God will take off about 30 years from my glorified body!!  I’m guessing that when we are made perfect in heaven, we will I will no longer care about shallow things like my looks, but still…

Next, I thought of how many times in my life there have been seemingly impossible circumstances – times I would  fret over the outcomes.  For instance, there were my three high risk pregnancies with pre-term labor, several hospitalizations and lots and lots of bedrest.  There was also the period of time after Hurricane Katrina that my husband was out of work for a total of nine months.  Despite our best human efforts in both cases, things seemed bleak.  For us, good outcomes seemed unlikely – even impossible.  For God, all things are possible!  The men caught no fish.  Then Jesus told them to cast again, and the nets were LOADED.  I’m so thankful to God for turning the “impossible” into blessings in our lives time and again!

Lastly, I  just  love how Jesus  cooked for his buddies on the shore.  He knew they had a long, hard night, and he cared about them.  What a humble, loving King!  He served His whole life until His death, then He served some more.  I wonder if He ate that fish he was preparing along with the disciples.  This would mean something awesome!  If He could eat in His resurrected body, then maybe we’ll be able to eat in heaven!  I won’t have to give up chocolate!  (There I go thinking in very human terms again!)  Just a thought…

About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 10, 16 and 23. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!
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