21:4 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

5 Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?”

They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.”

So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.

7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea.

8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

It has been “night” for the past eight chapters, ever since Judas “went out” from among the disciples to perform his desperate deed of betrayal and John announced,

And it was night.

Now, after the horror of the painful chain of events set in motion by Judas’ action, at last dawn has returned. It is

Just after daybreak.

Jesus stands on the shore calling to his friends who have spent a frustrating night of futile fishing. He asks,

“Children, you have no fish have you?”

They must have wondered how this stranger knew what he obviously took to be true. They must have wondered even more when he started giving commands ordering them with such confidence to

“Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some”.

Somehow, the abundance of their catch that came in obedience to this stranger’s command, triggered recognition in the heart of “That disciple whom Jesus loved”.

The point of this scene is the abundance of the catch. Their net, John will say, was

full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them”.

You can work at ascribing symbolism to the exact number if that appeals to you, but the point is that the catch is vast. It is in the vastness of life, that the presence of Jesus is seen.

We live in the midst of abundance. We are the beneficiaries of abundance. Life pours forth with unstinting giving. This is the nature of life. It is the nature of God. When we stop for a moment and let go of the scarcity mentality that so often afflicts us in the “night”, we open to the generous Presence of the Divine in every aspect of life.

What prevents me from perceiving the abundance of Life?

How does my life change when I begin to replace an attitude of scarcity with an awareness of abundance?