Read John 21: 1-14
The third appearance of the risen Christ has a different feel about it. It is not in a room in Jerusalem or Emmaus where the disciples used to meet for worship and fellowship, but in the open air by the lakeside. The disciples were back at their place of work, fishing and having an unproductive time – they caught nothing.
This is often the last place we expect to meet God. In the Church, yes but not at the desk or the bench or on the factory floor. Indeed, for some, a sense of God’s presence at their place of employment might be an embarrassment. And this reflects our unfortunate tendency to divide life up into the sacred and the secular.
However, a glance at the Bible shows that it is not full of reports of religious ceremonies and sermons or sacred meetings. Whole sections describe the struggle of kings, farmers, family life and refugees. What happened in the market place was as much God’s concern as the activities of the Temple or the Synagogue. God is concerned with the whole of life, for he created the world! Jesus was as obedient to his Father at the carpenter’s bench as when he preached the Sermon on the Mount. So it was not strange in Biblical terms that the risen Christ should appear to the disciples when they were engaged in their daily work of making a living.
“Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not” was Jacob’s experience. It was Peter’s and John’s and it can be ours as well!