For 17 April 2009, Friday after Easter, based on John 21:1-14
After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, â€œI am going fishing.â€ They said to him, â€œWe will go with you.â€ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, â€œChildren, you have no fish, have you?â€ They answered him, â€œNo.â€ He said to them, â€œCast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.â€ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, â€œIt is the Lord!â€ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, â€œBring some of the fish that you have just caught.â€ So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, â€œCome and have breakfast.â€ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, â€œWho are you?â€ because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.