With great concern Jesus
attended to the needs of his disciples: “When
they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal
fire there, with fish on it, and bread.
Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish
that you have just caught’.”
(Jn 21:9-10). Earlier Jesus know the
difficult situation of his disciples: "Just
after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach;
but the disciples did not know that it was
Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you
have no fish, have you?’ They answered him,
‘No’". (Jn 21:4-5).
Simon Peter along with Thomas called
the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the
sons of Zebedee, and other disciples worked
hard in the sea but that night they caught
nothing, not a single fish (Cf. Jn. 21:2ff).
In order to solve this
problem Jesus gave them a useful tip:
“Cast the net to the right side of the boat,
and you will find some.” (Jn
21:6). With great joy
they came ashore in the boat dragging the
nest full of fish.
Jesus, the boss having a
heart of gold, grilled fish for his tired
and hungry disciples who had worked hard all
through the night. Jesus is for his
disciples, not a severe employer who makes
his disciples to become anxious slaves, but
a generous and loving shepherd who washes
their feet and leads them to freedom and
joy. We find such generous managers very
rarely in our companies and factories
nowadays. Most of the bosses in our society
are acting as if they are modern Pharaohs.
Many employers have computer hearts and
cannot feel the problems of their employees.
The workers are mere parts of the large
machine of mass production. Rather than
freeing or easing the workers from their
heavy and oppressive burden the modern
pharaohs terrorize the worker to have more
production. Already in the olden days in
Egypt the pharaohs whipped the Israelites. A
lot of cracks of whip can be heard nowadays
also, even though they are coming from the
tip of the pen in the hands of the boss,
warning the workers with the dismissal
notices. No wonder, a lot of jobs in the
society are done with great anxiety and a
lot heavy stress and with lesser and lesser
creativity. Where anxiety reigns there
reigns also the slavery. Do we work with
anxiety? Then we are slaves! Do we work
with joy? Then we are free persons!