Many folks will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That seems to be true for the disciples in this Sunday’s gospel text as the risen Christ comes to greet them on the seashore and invites them to join him in a meal. In today’s gospel, the disciples make a big splash and eat breakfast with the risen Jesus. Wading in the water (remembering baptism) and eating with Jesus (celebrating holy communion) is our weekly encounter with the risen Christ. Jesus appears to us again and again, in word and water, wine and wheat. Perhaps then, it is communion received in the community of Christ that is the most important meal of the week for us! Whether you are gathered at your home altar for Worship Where You Are or gathered in our sanctuary around our communion rail this Sunday (for the first time in so long), we can expect an experience of the risen Christ. In this simple meal of wine and wheat we are strengthened and nourished by Christ himself.
Then strengthened by this meal, Jesus asks us again and again, “Do you love me?” and encourages us to “feed his sheep” (or Longhorns according to Pastor Brad in his sermon last week!). Nourished by this meal, Jesus invites us, again and again, to follow him, bringing the Easter life to others.
Image: Breakfast at Dawn by Mike Moyers. Copyright C Mike Moyers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of the artist.