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April 14

John 21, 1-8

Something to read

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 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 after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, 'Children, you have no fish, have you?' They answered him, 'No.' He said to them, 'Cast the net to 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 because there were so many 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 some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the lake. 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.
New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

What a wonderful story this is! The disciples have gone back to the world of fishing that they know so well. They have come home to Galilee, far from the frenzy and unsettling stories of Jerusalem. Here things are familiar and the routine is set.

But resurrection pursues them! Even out on the morning waters they cannot get away from Easter's miracle and the blessing of the risen Christ.

They have had no success until the stranger calls for them to try one last time. It is only as the nets are bursting that the disciples whom Jesus loved put the jigsaw together, unite stranger with strange event, and proclaim, 'It is the Lord!' And Peter, recklessly wonderful Peter, jumps in to get to shore as fast as possible.

God is full of surprises. Here is the Easter story extending to the beach and breaking into the ordinary work of the day.

Something to do

Write the words 'He is risen' on a slip of paper to have with you throughout today. In a host of different settings, remind yourself of the good news as you go about today's round and routine by unfolding it and giving thanks.

Something to pray

you have come to find us.
We have been bust chasing many gods.
We have been wrapped up in our own affairs.
We have committed many sins.
But you have come to find us.
Even death could not stop your search or dull your desire.
Help us, this day, to revel in the inexplicable delight of being found by you.

Today's contributor is the Rev Neil Thorogood, Principal of Westminster College, Cambridge.


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