Scripture: 1 John 4:15-19; John 21:20-23
John’s gospel ends with Jesus treating his disciples to an intimate breakfast on the beach. I can never read this story without thinking of Zihautaneju, a small fishing village on the Pacific coast of Mexico–about 100 miles north of Acapulco. Years ago, a buddy of mine and I spent 3 days there. Each morning about 6 a.m., just before sunrise, you could hear the fishermen racing towards shore in their open boats after a night’s work.
We gave them half an hour or so to get things going and then we’d walk down to the beach (along with half the village) where the guys would have coffee, pastries and grilled fish tacos with tropical pico de gallo waiting for us. I will never forget those breakfasts. And the fishermen in John’s account, I’m sure, would never forget their breakfast on the beach with the risen Christ. But good things seldom last. Unbelievably, the Gospel of John ends with Peter acting like a 12-year old boy, afraid that his sister will get more ice cream than he. Join with us this Sunday, when we see how Peter (and each of us) can become a lion in a den of Daniels.