Breakfast With Jesus

In today's Gospel, Jesus once again reveals Himself to His disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.  My favorite line is, "And none of the disciples dared to ask him, 'Who are you?' because they realized it was the Lord."

I'd like to think it was because he may have whacked each of them upside the head and said, "Who do you think it is, knucklehead?"

But I'm also guessing they were afraid.  He kept returning to them and I don't think any of them were quite over the shock of His resurrection.

So He did something very normal.  He instructed them to fish and when they didn't catch anything, He instructed them to cast their nets.  And that's when He did something that they recognized.  He filled the nets:

"So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord."

And to make sure they knew exactly who He was, He broke bread with them.

Last year during Lenten talks with Dr. Jerry Galipeau, we recreated this Gospel.  We pictured the beach, the sea and fires made ready to cook the fish.  As we gathered around the altar and quieted ourselves, Dr. Galipeau instructed us to view the altar as a table of forgiveness.  It was an extraordinary experience.

We are blessed in the Catholic Church to have the Real Presence of Our Lord whether we have breakfast, lunch or dinner with Him.


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  • The apostles, like many followers of Jesus, were afraid of the consequences of being labeled as one of the Nazirine's pals. Guilt by association could get you a nice scourging and death on the cross, or at the very least, a shunning by the Roman/Jewish official community of the time.

    Let's face it, someone who told you a couple of days prior that he would rise again after three days, and who was physically destroyed in body, has a bit of a cred problem. So if somebody came up to you and said, "Guess who I am?", what would be your reaction?

    This non-recognition may serve as a larger metaphor in that we will not always recognize Christ in our midst and that a closer faith will help us "see", but that some must put their fingers in the wounds, too. Blessed are those who believe but do not see, but you're not exactly sent on a one way trip to Old Scratch if you do not. Jesus was a man; he knew human nature.

    A nice article.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Thank you!

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