Friday in Easter Week
Our site in under renovation. In the meantime, enjoy this post from Easter 2014.
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” (John 21:12a)
This is my favorite verse in the Bible. Can you imagine anything more wonderfully welcoming and honoring than having Jesus himself stand before you saying, “Come and have breakfast.”
So much of the language of “church” concerns judgment, repentance, and unworthiness. We are admonished to remember our sins, and to amend our lives. And that is fitting. But while that is clearly the message of John the Baptist, it is not the message of Jesus Christ. Yes, Jesus does speak of judgment, repentance and confession. But he always does so in the context of new life, of sustenance, and of grace.
In fact, when Jesus invites us to the table, it is the light of his love and his outstretched hand that shines judgment/truth upon us. We do well, even as we stand in that light to remember that we are always in need of turning and returning to Him and to the light. But we must also remember that the light in which we stand at his invitation is a light which makes us whole and worthy.
“Come, have breakfast,” he says to us. “I know that you are weary, and hungry, and I have food for your bodies and your souls.” It is this food that sustains us in the work we do. It is this food that gladdens our hearts and makes us able to proclaim the Good News. It is this food that reminds us that the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ continue and are made manifest every time we accept his invitation to come to the table and to go forth to the world.
Alleluia, Christ is risen!