Text: John 21:4-17
9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”
I was going to say, “I must confess, I love food” but you already know that. This past week, a post in Facebook showed a picture of St. John the Divine Cathedral in upper Manhattan celebrating Gay Pride Week with the sanctuary bathed in a rainbow of lights. And what was I thinking about as I looked at the picture? St. John is the second largest church in the world and absolutely beautiful. Their organist can’t listen to notes coming from the magnificent pipe organ because it takes eight seconds for the sound to leave the pipe and travel the length of the nave and then reach the organist’s ears. So was I thinking heavenly thoughts? No, I was thinking about a wonderful little Hungarian restaurant two blocks away in Morningside Heights. That said, you may be forgiven if you think that the motivation for this week’s sermon was more culinary than theological.
Everyone knows our text as the story of “the Redemption of Peter” with the repeated question, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” But there is more being redeemed in this story than just Peter. And yes, it does have to do with food—and a host of other small pleasures in life that we, in our busyness, overlook. This Sunday morning, have a great breakfast and then join us online or in person as we celebrate our marvelous, loving, nurturing God.