In today’s Gospel reading we see the risen Christ appearing for the third time to his disciples at the Sea of Galilee. The incident recalls the miraculous catch of fish by Peter and his fellow-fishermen at the instruction of Jesus before they were called to follow him and become his disciples. It also recalls the multiplication of loaves and fishes when Jesus fed thousands at a deserted place.
We see the sharp insight of the beloved disciple John who first recognized the Lord, “It is the Lord!” and the loving enthusiasm of Peter who could not wait but jumped into the water to be with the Lord on the shore.
We can reflect at the picnic-style breakfast at the lakeshore as Jesus fed and treated the seven disciples. Is it really the risen Lord? What is the risen Lord for me today? We ask Peter, John, Thomas and the other apostles to pray that we may know the Lord.