Jesus has already appeared to his disciples twice. Today, he appears a third time in the Gospel of John 21:1-14 as the disciples were fishing and catching nothing. Jesus is standing on the shore and asks if they have caught anything to eat. They answer no. Jesus tells them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat and they will find something.
I want to stop here and think of an analogy that would make sense to me. I am not a fisherman but the boat is in shallow water and I do not think that professional fishermen are supposed to cast their nets over the right side of the boat so Jesus’ plan should have had 2 strikes against the fishermen. Since I am a sports loving guy, I picture a basketball player who has missed all 15 of his shots in the game. Jesus yells to him, go out to the half court line where no one is guarding you, close your eyes and shoot.
In the Gospel, the disciples dragged their net ashore with 153 large fish. That is pretty amazing considering they stayed out all night until dawn and caught nothing. Since this is my analogy, the basketball player did as Jesus told him and with no time on the clock and trailing by 2 points, the ball swishes through the net giving the team a one point win and the State Championship.
The moral of the Gospel story for me today is that when Jesus speaks, I need to listen. The disciples did not hesitate to cast their nets on the right side of the boat. Remember the T.V. slogan, “When E.F. Hutton speaks, people listen?” My slogan will be, “When Jesus Christ speaks, if you have ears, you ought to listen!” Thank you Jesus, your Holy Will be done. Amen.