Easter III: April 10th, 2016

For people who live by the sea, and know the lives of fishermen, this morning’s Gospel story, Jesus’ resurrection appearance on a beach, is tangible in its telling. Some of us know what it is to fish all night, figuratively and literally, only to come up empty. For many of us, Jesus’ direction to throw out the net on the other side comes as a welcome surprise for us, just as it was for those disciples so long ago. Later, Jesus will prepare a breakfast for them, a meal of fish and bread, and the disciples gather round, as we do, too, a campfire on the beach fragrant with the early morning catch. Jesus’ loving conversation with Peter changes the course of his life, from fisherman to apostle of mercy. onthebeachEaster

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