I'm Going Fishing

John 21:2-14

Share with me a favorite story of Simon Peter, the apostle, in memory of his life and the good news that he shared with us.

The Characters

Simon Peter, Thomas the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, and the two sons of Zebedee, were there, together with two other disciples.

The Setting

The Story

Simon Peter said, "I'm going fishing!" The others said, "We'll go with you." They went out in their boat. But they didn't catch anything that night.

Early the next morning Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize who he was.

Jesus shouted, "Friends [children], have you caught anything?" "No," they answered. So he told them, "Let your net down on the right side of your boat, and you will catch some fish." They did, and the net was so full of fish that they could not drag is up into the boat.

Jesus' favorite disciple [the disciple loved by Jesus] told Peter, "It's the Lord!" When Simon heard that it was the Lord, he put on the clothes that he had taken off while he was working. Then he jumped into the water. The boat was only about 100 yards from shore. So the other disciples stayed in the boat and dragged in the net full of fish.

When the disciples got out of the boat, they saw some bread and a charcoal fire with fish on it. Jesus told his disciples, "Bring some of the fish you just caught." Simon Peter got back into the boat and dragged the net to shore. In it were 153 large fish, but still the net did not rip.

Jesus said, "Come and eat [breakfast]!" But none of the disciples dared to ask who he was. They knew he was the Lord.

Jesus took the bread in his hands and gave some of it to his disciples. He did the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from death.

June 29, 1999, the Feast of Holy Peter the Apostle

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