Good News C22
Third Sunday of Easter
John 21:1-19 New
John 21:1-19 Bible Gateway
New International Version
After Jesus visited them two
different times, the apostles get a little braver. Maybe after a couple of weeks, they might
have run out of food. So Simon Peter
decided to go fishing. Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael
from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee's
sons, James and John
and two others of his disciples said they wanted to go with him. What if it was
you? Would you want to stay there in the
upper room all by yourself, or would you rather be with your friends? Jesus had told them to be at peace.
So they went
with Simon Peter to fish. They stayed out all night, but they didn’t
catch anything at all. Just as the sun
was rising, a man on shore asked if they had caught anything. They said, “Nothing at all.” He told them to put their nets over the right
side of the boat and they would catch some fish. When they pulled up their net and saw how
many fish was in it, John knew that
the man on shore was Jesus. Simon Peter
was so excited to see Jesus that he
jumped in the water and swam to shore. Jesus
invited them to bring some of their fish to cook and to eat breakfast with
At every meal
we usually say a blessing. Imagine at
every meal, Jesus is saying, “Come and
eat with me.” You may say, “Jesus
hasn’t appeared in a thousand years or more.”
But Jesus appears to us. Sometimes we don’t recognize him. He is in your Mother who cooks a meal for
you, even when she is so tired she cannot hold her head up straight. Jesus
is in your Father who works from dawn to dusk to earn money to buy food. He is in your sister who shares her cake with
you. He is in your brother who taught
you how to catch a baseball. He is in
your grandparents who spend time playing with you. He is in the paramedic who took care of you
and took you to the hospital when you broke your leg at soccer. He is in the stranger you smiled at in the
grocery store. Jesus
will be with you at every meal. You just
have to invite him to join you.
(Blessing before meals
written music and words, PDF file) http://www.upperroom.org/emmaus/meal_blessings/before_meals.pdf
(Hear it sung)
(Blessing after meals,
written music and words, PDF file) http://www.upperroom.org/emmaus/meal_blessings/after_meals.pdf
(Hear it sung)
Say the “Our
Father.” Thank God for giving you what you need…food, clothing, shelter, money,
rest, love, and forgiveness. Thank God
for sending his only begotten Son to show you how to pray...how to love…and how
to forgive. Rejoice and be glad because
when it seems everything has gone wrong, if you have faith in God, he will lift
you up with good things.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
be Thy name.
will be done,
earth as it is in heaven.
us this day, our daily bread.
forgive us our trespasses,
we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
Copyright © 2004 Joan Y.