Dear Brothers and Sisters,
“Have you caught anything, friends?”
This question of Jesus to his disciples is significant in the resurrection story. The apostle Peter, after two experiences of the risen Lord, decides to return to what he is good at. Six of the others who were with him opted to join him. That night, they caught nothing. Why? Because on their own, they can do nothing. They need Jesus to tell them what to do.
What I find most interesting though, is that he calls them friends. “Have you caught anything, friends?”
Yes, although they deserted him when he needed them most, at his trial, and although twice after his resurrection he revealed himself to them, they again deserted the way he mapped out for them. And yet he calls them friends.
Yes, that’s our Jesus, that’s our risen Savior Jesus. He never stops seeing us as his friends, even when we desert him. Even after the supreme expression of love, his suffering, dying and rising and their denial, betrayal and desertion and slowness in believing in his resurrection, he called them friends. He call his friends.
Our necessary response? Sing out in gratitude: “WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS!”
Fr Clement Paul.