Today in the Gospel of John, Jesus appears again to the disciples, this time when Peter is doing what he used to do before meeting Christ. Peter has returned to his “safe” life. Little does he know that once Jesus has a hold of you, He never lets go. Once He calls you, He persistently tugs at your sleeve until you finally pay attention. Try to ignore Jesus and you end up confused and bewildered. The one beautiful thing from today’s Gospel that struck me anew was that Peter knew catching that load of 153 fish had nothing to do with his skill as a fisherman and everything to do with the Lord. He immediately jumps into the sea. Jesus simply says to them, Come and have breakfast. This is the first time He has seen Peter and he does what we now do at every Eucharist, He shares a meal with him.
We go about our lives. Some days we do the will of God. Other days we try hard to ignore the call and just do what we think we are good at. Either way the Risen Christ will burst through and surprise us. He will always call us to greater things then we think we deserve. Those moments will scare us and perhaps we will not have the courage to ask, Who are you? but we will know on a level that we cannot explain that it is the Risen One in our midst, ensuring that the work of the Kingdom continues through us. Having breakfast is an ordinary act most days, but once in awhile, that breakfast makes us hungry for something nothing on earth will satisfy.