Risen – Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

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Risen – Surprise, Surprise, Surprise 

John 21:1-14

 Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

Jesus had instructed his disciples to move to Galilee where he would again appear to them. While they were waiting, Peter decided to go fishing on lake Galilee with some of the other disciples. After a fruitless night of Jesus stood on the shore, calling out to them to cast their nets to the right side of the boat. Encircling a large school of fish the disciples recognize Jesus and head for shore with their catch. Jesus already has breakfast underway and together they share in a meal of bread and fish.


Questions to reflect on:  Why are the disciples fishing back in Galilee after having been commissioned by Jesus and having received the Spirit? Why don’t they recognize him after having seen him more than once at this point? Why is this called the third appearance of Jesus when there were already three appearances in chapter 20? If the Gospel has prepared the disciples for the time of Jesus’ absence and has come to a climax with a blessing on those who have believed without having seen, what place is there for these further stories about Jesus’ presence?