11th August 2017

A Good Breakfast 

“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’
John 21:12 (NIVUK)
 

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I feel if I begin the day well, then I’m better prepared to face whatever challenges it brings.

In John 21 Jesus makes breakfast by the Sea of Galilee. It’s grilled fish and bread to sop up the juices. It sounds great to me because I love fish for breakfast. Of course, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I know of some people whose spouses insist that they go out to breakfast if they want fish so that the smell of its cooking is not in the house. But by the shores of a lake would be fine: at least it’s in the fresh air. Perhaps, had this been in today’s context, Jesus may have prepared a breakfast buffet: eggs anyway you like them, fresh pancakes with maple syrup, fruit salad, a variety of cereals, creamy porridge, and, of course, not forgetting kippers and/or smoked haddock!

The English word “breakfast” refers to “breaking” the “fast”. In other words, it’s time to eat because maybe we’ve gone for 6 to 8 hours without eating. Not only have we gone without food and drink, but we’ve also gone without active contact with God. We know that even while we sleep God is with us, but during that time we have not responded to him and engaged with him in conscious thought or action. So, when we wake up, it can also be the time to break the spiritual fast of the night.

Jesus prepares breakfast for his disciples but he also tells them to “Bring some of the fish you have just caught” (verse 10). He calls on them to participate in the breaking of the fast. In the same way, spiritually speaking, Jesus calls on us every day to participate in his contact with us through prayer and praise.

Enjoy your breakfast wherever you are.

And start off your spiritual day well too. Have breakfast with Jesus. 

Prayer
Great bounteous God, thank you for every new morning, and help us, please, to start the day off with your Son, Jesus Christ. In His name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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