GOSPEL LIVING

Saturday April 14,2018

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 Acts 5:27-32, 40-41   Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13   Revelation 5:11-14   John 21:1-19

1 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tibe'ri-as; and he revealed himself in this way. 2 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. 3 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. 4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." 6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." 11 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. 12 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. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

    15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." 16 A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." 17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." 19 (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me."

Meditation:
The Scholars regard chapter 21 of John’s gospel as a later addition either by the disciples of the evangelist or by an ecclesiastical redactor. The purpose of this addition, it is alleged, was to reinstate Peter’s authority in the gospel and in the Johannine community and then make the gospel acceptable to the universal church.
    This chapter whether or not by the hand of the original author constitutes an appendix to the gospel as it stands and as it has always stood setting forth for the reader a dramatic tale vividly told. The disciple have now left Jerusalem and returned to Galilee. Seven of the disciples were back at the Sea of Galilee. Probably enough they had to face the ridicule of the village street. The number seven represents fullness; hence all the disciples are envisaged. Peter decides to go for fishing others follows his suit. The disciples decide on their own under Peter’s leadership to go for fishing. There is no mention of Jesus being in their company. The enterprise takes place at night. But in the missionary arena of Jesus this doesn’t follow. Night represents darkness which is opposed to Jesus, the Light. As the dawn breaks Jesus goes to meet them and receives from them the confession that their night long efforts without him were fruitless.
    There is abundance of prosperity only in the presence of Jesus. Without him everything goes in vain and will be futile.
Bro. Jayanth