After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way he showed himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. (John 21:1-3)
Lord, so much of our fishing for men has been fruitless (as far as we can see). Help us meet you once again and receive the guidance of your Holy Spirit.
But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. (John 21:4)
Jesus, how many times have you stood on our shores and we haven’t recognized you?
Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered him, “No.” (John 21:5)
Jesus, we need the food for our souls that only you can give; fill us anew with your Holy Spirit. Help us receive you into our hearts when we receive your body and blood today.
And he said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. (John 21:6)
Jesus, help us cast our nets at your bidding. Please make our evangelism and work as fruitful as this.
Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. (John 21:7)
Jesus, clothe us with your righteousness and give us the same desire to plunge in to get to you that Simon Peter had.
But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. (John 21:8 )
Holy Spirit, please help us bring our catch to Jesus.
Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. (John 21:9)
Jesus, help us see the feeding you have prepared for us.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” (John 21:10)
Father, help us bring our catch to Jesus.
Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. (John 21:11)
Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to see such wonders when we go fishing for men.
Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?”–knowing that it was the Lord. (John 21:12)
Jesus, please help us come to you at your bidding.
Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. (John 21:13)
Thank you, Jesus, for feeding us.
This is now the third time Jesus showed himself to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. (John 21:14)
Lord, reveal yourself to us and help us go forth with the good news of your resurrection from the dead. Thank you.
Sunday: 114, 115; Exodus 18:1-12; 1 John 2:7-17; Mark 16:9-20
Monday: Exodus 18:13-27; 1 Peter 5:1-14; Matthew (1:1-17),3:1-6
Notes from the Front Line
***** Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2010
From: Vaughan in San Antonio, Texas
Thank you all for your prayers. John Spikes body was found this morning. He has set his feet upon a Rock, our sweet Lord and Savior. Please continue to keep his wife, Virginia in your prayers.
Thank you all for the blessing of praying together.
In Christ, Vaughan
***** Check out “For All the Saints Who From Their Labours Rest” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH2UcunPAR0
***** Please pray for the Diocesan Convention, June 11-13, 2010, at the Camp of the Woods in Speculator, New York
Pray that the Black Flies, mosquitoes and bears will exit the Camp of the Woods during the Diocesan Convention.
Pray that we as a diocese will truly take up our cross and follow where Jesus leads.