Time to Jump Ship?

Time to Jump Ship?

Fourth Sunday of Easter | Bulletin

‘Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.’ John 21:3 

This Easter Season, we are taking a close look at the encounters people have with the risen Christ. The ‘appearance stories’. Why? Because they’re fascinating. More importantly, these stories tell us something about the way the spirit of Christ encounters us. 

On Sunday we’ll think about my favorite story.  How Peter, empty, disheartened and adrift, chooses to go back to fishing.  Six of his friends decide to accompany him.  Why?  Maybe they don’t know what else to do. Maybe they still need to make a living.  Maybe they are weary of staying indoors, in fear. But I think also that they know things are dangerous, and they don’t want Peter to be out in the world on his own.  They are going to stick with him, in solidarity.   

In this present moment I think our faith is telling us two things.  First, it may be time to begin venturing out into life again, although perhaps in a way that’s different than our pre-pandemic, pre-racial reckoning, pre-political turmoil lives. We won’t go back; we have to go forward. But I want us to go forward together, in solidarity.  And aware of the ways we might encounter the spirit of Christ. 

Love you,

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