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.