It had been a long night.
We had set out the previous evening in the boat to go fishing and as the sun rose over the hills our nets were empty. Not long after daybreak someone showed up on the beach and shouted out to us, “have you no fish?”
“Have we no fish?” What kind of question is that? It’s bad enough that we haven’t caught anything (after all, this is our profession), who is this that wants to rub our noses in it? “No,” I replied, “it’s been a slow night,” (now piss-off!).
“Why not try the right of the boat?” he shouted back.
Everywhere. So many we couldn’t handle it.
That’s when it clicked. It was like my eyes were opened and I could see who it was on the beach. It was our Lord. It was Jesus.
What follows is interesting. The disciples come ashore (Peter swam to shore after he threw some clothes on, ‘cuz you know, it’s easier to fish in the nude) with their massive catch. Only, to their surprise, Jesus already had some fish. In fact, he had the fire going already. The disciples could probably have smelled the fish. Not only that, Jesus had bread. Bread! Jesus had breakfast waiting for them. So, what does Jesus say? “Bring some of the fish you guys caught!”
Their catch wasn’t necessary. I mean, breakfast was already made. The fish. The bread. The meal wasn’t dependent on their catch for Jesus already had the stove on, so to speak. They brought the dessert.
Often times I find myself getting discouraged at the state of our world. At the state of myself. “Make all things new already!” Don’t get me wrong, God’s redemptive plan is a source of great hope for me. I just get discouraged when confronted with our seeming inability to bring it about. Now I’m not saying we can’t do anything helpful. Sure, we can work for justice and beauty and those are wonderful things but, I mean, everything is just so fucked isn’t it? I don’t mean that crudely, but have you looked around lately? Things aren’t as they’re meant to be. Have you examined your own heart lately? We’re a bunch of bumbling fools. Thank-God his plans aren’t dependent on us. He’s already prepared and made the meal, then, he invites us to join him. “Bring some of the fish you caught!” The meal isn’t dependent on our catch. No. He has that covered. So, what do we do? We bring some dessert.