John 21: 9-12a-When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said “Bring some of the fish you‘ve just caught.”Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have some breakfast” (NIV).
Potluck is an inexpensive way to have a party. Everybody brings a bowl of something. There’s always more than enough to share. However, there may be a duplication of dishes, that is, lots of salads or main dishes and not enough desserts. (Oh dear!) In our little village, the organizers keep a list of who is bringing what. That way there are few doubles, but lots of tasty bits for every part of the meal.
Jesus is giving this party. He invites the guests and tells them what to bring. Fish.
FISH? Even though He Himself has already prepared enough fish for everybody? Is it possible that Jesus didn’t know the rules for potluck? Why didn’t Peter correct Him? No, instead Simon Peter is busy counting how many fish they caught by obeying Jesus.
Is it possible that Jesus can supply our every need? That whatever we bring to Him, He already has? That He wants to give us direction and opportunity to become part of all of that? That He blesses our efforts whenever we will obey Him? That we are too concerned with what we are bringing, while Jesus just wants us at the table?
Prayer: Lord, thanks for inviting us. Set the table. We’re on our way. Thank you for supplying all we’ll ever need for the meal. Amen.