This Week’s Reflection Comes From
Rev. Krista Mendoza
Bethany Lutheran, Elmira
and Member of Synod Council

John 20:12
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”

I know that Jesus has done a lot of amazing things up until this point in the Gospel (including rising from the dead), but this is the moment I want so desperately to be a part of. A crisp early morning on the lakeshore with a fire ready for roasting freshly caught fish….the smell of the fish cooking and the sound of the skin crackling. In my mind it is a pristine moment; one of those moments when time stops and all seems right with the world. I have had a few of those moments in my life. All have been out doors and all have involved food and the hospitality of good people. I love that this verse ends with the words, “no one dared ask him, “who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord.” It is a moment of clarity for the disciples. No questions are needed, no explanation, no introductions. Jesus simply issues an invitation, “come and have breakfast.” No need to bring up the miraculous catch of fish. For the disciples, it is enough that Jesus is there. They walk into this moment and are wise enough to sit down, shut-up, eat and just be with each other and with Jesus. How often we miss those moments when they are presented to us. How often we are in such a hurry we don’t even hear the invitation. How often we experience the joy of the miraculous moment and forget to turn around and see Jesus smiling along with us and take that moment to smile back and rest in the peace of knowing what it is to be loved just the way we are.

I don’t think it is any surprise that Jesus, after creating that moment of peace (and I mean Shalom here, wholeness of being), takes Peter aside and extends an even deeper invitation in the words, “feed my sheep.” Jesus has just shown Peter how to do this and Jesus has shown us. This is a back to the basics sort of Gospel lesson. A meal, the present Word of God, companionship, forgiveness and an invitation into sharing the simple truth with others. It is a story that is a microcosm of the Kingdom, the Gospel, the Church and the People of God…of how beautifully simple is God’s love to us and simply beautiful is the invitation for us to share that love to the world.

Jesus said to them, “come and have breakfast.”