Lenten Reflection–Time to Eat

Christ Appears on the Shore by James Tissot


Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.
John 21:12

There are fewer more nurturing words than “time to eat.” Having someone care enough to cook a meal to feed body and soul is welcome indeed. So “come and have breakfast” after a long night of fishing must have been an irresistible invitation.

After Resurrection Day, Jesus appears to His followers on several occasions, but He is not always initially recognizable. The trigger for discerning who He is seems connected to sharing a meal.

This makes entire sense after His Last Supper with the disciples before His death. He makes it clear how He wants to be remembered, through a symbolic meal of bread and wine. So when He returns, when He breaks bread, cooks fish, and eats together with others, they recognize they are in the presence of the Lord.

In this instance, when the disciples have had a night of no success catching fish, He directs them to drop their nets yet again and suddenly there are more fish than they can handle. This is capped by His invitation: “Come and have breakfast”.

He then feeds them, both figuratively and literally.

Accepting the invitation is all that is asked of us. Who doesn’t want to have breakfast cooked for them?

Time to eat. Be filled. Never be hungry again.

Jesus at the Sea of Galilee by Tintoretto

Lenten Meditation: Come and Have Breakfast

Meal of Our Lord and the Apostles --James Tissot

John 21:12

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

After Resurrection Day, Jesus appeared to His followers on several occasions, but was not always immediately recognizable.  The trigger for discerning who He is seems sometimes to be connected to sharing a meal.

This makes entire sense after His Last Supper with the disciples before His death.  He makes it clear how He wants to be remembered, through a symbolic meal of bread and wine.   So when He returns, when He eats together with others, they know they are in the presence of the Lord.

In one instance, when the disciples have had a night of no success catching fish, He directs them to drop their nets yet again and suddenly there are more fish than they can handle.  This is capped by His invitation: “Come and have breakfast”.    He then feeds them, both figuratively and literally.

Accepting the invitation is all that is asked of us.  Who doesn’t want to have breakfast cooked for them?

So come and eat.  Be filled.  And never be hungry again.

Supper at Emmaus by Rembrandt