Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not recognize that it was Jesus. (John 21:4)
It seems that one of the disciplines most necessary during the Easter season is the discipline of recognizing. After all, the risen Christ could appear at any moment and we must pay careful attention, lest we miss him--just ask the disciples. They were so busy not catching fish that they were oblivious to the fact that Jesus had been standing on the shore, at least long enough to build a fire and get some coals hot. Why had they missed him? The simple answer is that they were preoccupied. They were so busy with the task at hand that they were paying no attention to anything else. I get that. I can get caught up in the comings and goings of my day just as easily. Busyness, preoccupation, and hurry can blind me to the fact that Jesus is standing right there on the shoreline of my life and I have not recognized him. I must learn how to slow down, to pay attention. I must learn how to go through the course of my days with an eye out for the Risen One. I must not let the chaos and activity of everyday life sweep me away and distract me from the real reason I am here in the first place--Jesus.
Lord Jesus, give me the grace and the ability to recognize you today, however you may come to me. Amen.