12 - Jesus appears at the lakeside

O sing to the Lord a new song

All        for he has done marvellous things.  Alleluia. 


Bible reading – John 21:9-13

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ 11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12Jesus 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. 13Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.



Not sure what to do next, the disciples have returned to what they know: fishing.  It has the air of a bonding exercise and ends with a barbecue breakfast on the sea shore.  But fishermen were enticed with the prospect of catching people and Jesus meeting them fishing is poignant.  Exactly what is meant by the precise number of fish that were caught, 153 of them, is not clear.  Does it symbolise the gospel being taken to all nations and peoples?  Does it imply historical detail and that someone decided to count them; the kind of detail that is included though actually is irrelevant to the main point?  Oh, how often that kind of red herring crops up to distract us!


Risen Lord,

you fulfil our desires beyond our wildest expectations.

Increase our confidence in your hold on your creation

and in your future.  Amen.



            Sing to the Lord, bless his name

All        tell of his salvation from day to day.  Alleluia.