I guess they got tired of staying in a locked house. How long can people stay inside even if they are afraid? Fishermen are used to being outside, working, in the wee hours of the morning. In John 21, Peter decides to go fishing and 6 of the other disciples join him. These experienced fishermen had a frustrating time - they caught nothing.
They were not far from shore when a man calls out to them across the water (verse 5), "Haven't you caught anything?" Hearing the answer he expected, he instructs them, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." Imagine the reaction of seasoned fishermen to that idea. "Who does this guy think he is?" "Oh sure, the fish are on the other side of the boat." In my family, if you don't catch any fish the reason is "you didn't hold your mouth right" which is akin to "you were fishing on the wrong side of the boat."
Here was a man telling men, who made their living by fishing, how to fish. I'm amazed they tried it. I don't think I would have.
For reflection: Sometimes God gives us a simple thing to do. How receptive are we to doing it? Do we have a teachable spirit?
Let us pray. Jesus, I want to be faithful in the little things so that you can trust me with the bigger things.
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I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.