Monday, August 19, 2013
Come and Have Breakfast
John 21:12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord.
John 21:13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
Jesus had been resurrected but he was not consistently with the disciples. He appeared to them but then he would be gone. Not sure what to do they went back to what they knew best -- fishing. Here we discover that they had fished all night but had not caught anything. It is this morning when Jesus tells them to put their net on the other side and they catch a literal boat-load of fish. They were exhausted from the work and when they came ashore Jesus prepared breakfast for them.
There is something comforting in Jesus engaging in the ordinary. Actually, he began with the extraordinary by telling the disciples to cast their nets on the other side of the boat and there they found numerous fish to catch. But now -- in the morning hours of the day, when they are tired and worn out from a night of fishing, Jesus takes care of their very basic human need; he makes them breakfast. And somehow this comforts me today -- when I realize that much of what I do is very ordinary. There is the ordinary business of life which takes time and energy. We clean house, grocery shop, do laundry, and go to work. And yet, maybe it's in that routine that Jesus wants to step in and make us some breakfast.
Jesus engaged in the very normal daily task of preparing breakfast for the disciples. I believe that Jesus would like us to find him at the breakfast table, or the lunch or dinner table for that matter. I also believe that he would be pleased for us to find him in the car, or in the office, or in the grocery store. The reality is that Jesus IS in the ordinary things of life but too often that's not where we think he ought to be -- or we simply fail to notice him there.
As we go through the routine of this day, maybe we ought to slow down enough to notice that Jesus might just be inviting us to come and have breakfast!
Lord, thanks for being in the ordinary moments of life. Amen.