By Mary Kretzmann
Simon Peter (St. Peter) and John, Thomas, Nathaniel, and some of the other disciples then made their way to Galilee, for the Angel had said they would see him again there.
It was evening and Simon Peter said to them, “I’m going fishing,” and the others said, “We’ll go with you.”
They went out immediately, but that night they caught nothing. The next morning they discovered another man on the shore. And the man said to them, “Children, have you not any meat, or food to eat?” and they answered him, “No.”
And he said, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and you will find some.”
There was something special in this man and how he said these words, so they rowed back out, and did as he said. They quickly caught a great quantity of fish; their nets were full to overflowing, and they were not able to draw up the nets because of the multitude of fishes. John said to Simon Peter, “It is the Lord!”
Just as soon as John spoke these words, Simon Peter’s heart rejoiced, and he put on his fisherman’s’ cloak, and leapt from the boat into the sea, and went quickly to Jesus (for they were not far from shore.) The others came back in the little ship, dragging the nets with all of the fishes.
As soon as they came to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish had been laid on the coals, and there was bread. And Jesus said to them, “Bring the fish which you have now caught.”
Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of great fishes. There were one hundred and fifty-three large fish, and yet the net was not broken. And Jesus said to them, “Come and dine,” and none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” for they knew in their hearts that it was the Lord.
Jesus came over to each one and gave bread, and then gave each one some fish that had been cooking on the coals. And after they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me more than these?”
And Simon Peter replied, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus then said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
And Jesus said a second time, “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me?” and Peter replied, “Yes Lord, you know that I love you.”
And Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
And then Jesus said to him a third time, “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me?”
And Simon Peter grieved because this was the third time Jesus had asked him, “Do you love me?” and he replied, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
And Jesus said again, “Feed my sheep.”
Thus Jesus allowed Peter to profess his love for Christ three times, to set right when he had denied Christ three times early on Good Friday. And then he said, “Truly, when you were young, you girded yourself, and walked freely wherever you wished, but when you are old, you will stretch forth your hands, and another shall gird you, and carry you where you would wish not to go.”
By this Jesus was prophesying the way that Simon Peter would die. And then Jesus again said to him, “Follow me.”
Peter understood his meaning, and so he turned around and looked at John, and said, “Lord, and what shall this man do?”
And Jesus said to him, “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to you? Follow me.”
“And there are many other things that Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen” (John 21:25)
The mountain at Galilee
A little later, the disciples were on a mountain at Galilee, as the angel had told them Jesus would see them there. Suddenly, Jesus was there with them. The Apostles fell to their knees, radiant with joy, stretching out their hands in worship, as a spontaneous outpouring of their love and devotion. A few of them, however, watched on rather doubtfully, until Jesus came near them and uttered his greeting of Peace. He then held his hands over them, blessing them with spiritual power to spread his message to all nations.
Then, he spoke in a mighty voice, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. “