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Litany of a Resurrection Breakfast Encounter – John 21.1-19

Litany of a Resurrection Breakfast Encounter – John 21.1-19

 

The resurrection occurrences in John’s Gospel are so rich. The scenes in John 21.1-19 are an example of this richness. Here, Peter and the disciples return to fishing – something familiar, always serves as a reminder that Christ comes to us in the ordinary and familiar of our routines to make us new. The invitation of Jesus to “Come and have breakfast” simply is a delight (it is for me). This invitation by our Savior to dine with him on this side of the cross is the gift of his lasting promise and memorial. The Eucharist is the steady invitation to join him again and again and be nourished for the new paths and new realities. Then the thrice questioned Peter about his love awakens us the depth of how intimate Jesus desires to be in our lives. He does not see us by our weakness and sinfulness rather he sees us created in love with the capacity to love and make known his love as we feed his sheep. Peter and disciple’s story intersects with my story; with yours, as our reality is transformed, our invitation to dine with the Bread of Life is real and our call to love is about life here and now not just on a beach by the Sea of Tiberias.

 

 

When gathered with those we know and love
When we need our safe familiar ways
When nothing seems to happen

Risen Lord you are our all.

When questions challenge us
When old ways lead to awareness
When nothingness leads to plenty

Risen Lord you are our all.

When we recognize You in what was
When we come before You again
When the fire in our hearts are fanned

Risen Lord you are our all.

When the “catch” is abundant
When our strength is infused within us
When we accept Your invite to “come and eat”

Risen Lord you are our all.

When we recognize You in bread broken
When Your resurrection awakens our reality
When You stir the depths of our hearts

Risen Lord you are our all.

When Your love penetrates our lives
When You call us to more
When reconciliation heals our blindness

Risen Lord you are our all.

When we realize how intimately You know us
When You call us to our true selves
When You entrust us with Your love

Risen Lord you are our all.

When You lead us to the future
When we realize Your strength in us
When You again say “Follow me”

Risen Lord you are our all.

Risen Lord
The gift of Your resurrection
is the abundance of our lives.
Thank You for being present
and for constantly calling us to more
because You love us more than we realize.
Risen Lord you are our all.
Amen.