Come and Have Breakfast

 “Come and Have Breakfast”

 

Meditation for Third Sunday of Easter

(Acts 5:27-32, 40-41; Rev 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19)

At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, the call of Peter and his companions came after a miraculous catch of fish. They abandoned everything and followed (Lk 5:1-11). All was going well until Judas betrayed Jesus and Peter denied Him three times. The death of Jesus brought so many uncertainties that even after His resurrection, the apostles did not know how to carry on with the works of their master. Though Jesus appeared to them a few times as proof that He is alive and present in their midst, they lacked the courage and direction needed for the mission. This situation would last till Pentecost. Before then, Peter and his friends must have been bored, and they tried going back to their old trade of fishing.

In the gospel of today, Peter and six other apostles went to the sea of Tiberias for fishing, but they caught nothing all night long. This was a similar experience at the call Peter earlier. It appears they tried to abandon their call to be ‘fishers of men’ and returned to the old life they left behind to follow Jesus. But it was a wasted effort. Abandoning one’s vocation even at the moment of crisis is usually a fruitless venture. Imagine their frustration and weakness after much-wasted effort. Then Jesus came to their rescue!

His presence had an overpowering influence on them; they could not describe it in words nor differentiate exactly the man standing at the beach. But with their childlike heart, they responded to him. Then, Jesus said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” They obeyed and caught a great quantity of fish. Their attention was drawn up to Him. They recognized Him, and went up to Him. This was like the second call of Peter and His companions, a re-directing of their hearts back to their vocation. Jesus made a charcoal fire and asked them to bring some of the fish. He said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” He fed them to overcome their weariness and prepare them for the journey ahead.

At the end of the breakfast, Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” As Peter answered ‘Yes’, He said to Him, “Feed my lambs.” Thus, the mission belongs to Christ. Peter’s love for the mission is his love for Jesus. That means he would carry out his mission in the Church as a response to his love for Jesus and in obedience to Him. That is why, in the first reading, Peter answered the high priest, “We must obey God rather than men.” And this is the principle that moves us forward in our different vocations. The human influences that do not surrender to the love of Jesus will always try to stop us and demand our obedience. The survival of the gospel and any Christian vocation must pass through this battle.

Those who persevere in God’s call in Christ Jesus through the gospel shall be counted among the great multitude in the second reading. For all eternity they proclaim the glory of Jesus saying, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” As we gather at the invitation and command of Jesus, who said to the apostles, ‘come and have breakfast, we offer up our love, weariness, fears, confusion, backwardness, etc. We renew our love and commitment to our vocation. And in thanksgiving for the nourishment we have received, we echo the angelic voices in adoration and worship. Our lives sing to the glory of Jesus. Amen.

Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R

Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,

Tedi-Muwo, Lagos.

Sunday May 1st, 2022.

www.nwachinwe.blgospot.com

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