Our Gospel reading this morning is in the last chapter of John. A lot has been happening for the Disciples also. They know Jesus is alive -- they have seen Him! They are still a little nervous of what has been happening but they have gone to Galilee to "wait." We aren't told how long they have waited or what else is going on. We do know our friend, Peter, has decided he needs to do something so he decides "I am going out to fish" (v. 3) and the others "go with you." (v. 3) All of them experienced fishermen but they "caught nothing." (v. 3) We all know the story -- Jesus is there "but they don't recognize him" (v. 4), "put the net on the other side" (v. 6) and they get a lot of fish, recognize Jesus and have breakfast with Him.
We also know the story of Jesus talking with Peter -- three times "do you love me"? Three times Peter answers "yes, Lord." We all remember Peter denied Jesus three times and now answers Him three times. We all think about "feed my sheep" and wonder about how, with so much happening around us, we are to do that now. Then in verse 16 Jesus says "Take care of my sheep." The term is different -- why? How? One person who understands Greek better than I do points out it is "shepherd my sheep" -- take care of includes feeding but more.
In the "meantime," with all the things happening around us - how are we feeding each other? In the "meantime," with all the changes (seasons, moves, new people) -- how are we "taking care" of each other? In the "meantime," as we face personal changes (seasons, moves, new ministries) - how are we taking care of self?