Prayer: O Jesus, call me to your table.
Imagination: (Picture Jesus with his disciples around the charcoal fire.)
In many Resurrection appearances, Jesus has a meal with his disciples. This helps them to believe that Jesus is truly risen and also teaches them the importance of the Eucharist.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)
As soon as they came to land, they saw hot coals with fish and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring here the fishes that you have caught.” Simon Peter went to the boat and brought the net to shore, filled with 153 large fish. Although there were so many, the net was not broken.
Jesus said to them, “Come and eat.” None of those who ate dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus took bread and gave it to them. He also gave them fish, in like manner. This was the third time that Jesus manifested himself after he had risen from the dead.
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- Their experience is totally real. They hear Jesus’ words and they catch the fish.
- They see him clearly and they eat with him. This is no ghost.
- Although Jesus has bread, charcoal fire and his own fish, he invites them to share their fish.
- The miraculous catch is so real, that they even counted the fish (153).
- They ask no questions. All eight disciples are certain that this is Jesus.
- They eat with Jesus. This is a symbol of the Eucharist.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, Your Kingdom is real and will never pass away.
- You multiply all the evidence. You break into my life and you fill my empty nets.
- O Jesus, You give me talents to use for your Kingdom.
- You give large fish in great quantities, abundant blessings of every kind.
- Reveal yourself. Your presence makes the meal unforgettable.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
- I will receive Communion frequently. This is the meal that Jesus prepares.
- I will bring my talents to Jesus’ table.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)
No one dared to ask “Who are you?”