Christ at the Sea of Tiberias - by TINTORETTO - from National Gallery of Art, Washington
John 21:1-19 (C)
At the Sea of Tiberias Jesus showed Himself to the disciples [once again]. This is how the appearance took place. Assembled were Simon Peter, Thomas ("the Twin"), Nathanael (from Cana in Galilee), Zebedee's sons, and two other disciples. Simon Peter said to them, "I'm going out to fish". "We'll join you", they replied, and went off to get into their boat. All through the night they caught nothing. Just after daybreak Jesus was standing on the shore, though none of the disciples knew it was Jesus. He said to them, "Children, have you caught anything to eat"? "Not a thing", they answered. "Cast your net off to the starboard side", He suggested, "and you will find something". So they made a cast, and took so many fish they could not haul the net in. Then the disciple Jesus loved cried out to Peter", It is the Lord"! On hearing it was the Lord, Simon Peter threw on some clothes -- he was stripped -- and jumped into the water.
Meanwhile the other disciples came in the boat, towing the net full of fish. Actually they were not far from land -- no more than a hundred yards.
When they landed, they saw a charcoal fire there with a fish laid on it and some bread. "Bring some of the fish you just caught", Jesus told them. Simon Peter went aboard and hauled ashore the net loaded with sizable fish - - one hundred fifty-three of them! In spite of the great number, the net was not torn.
"Come and eat your meal", Jesus told them. Not one of the disciples presumed to inquire "Who are You"? for they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came over, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This marked the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after being raised from the dead.
When they had eaten their meal, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these"? "Yes, Lord", Peter said, "you know that I love You". At which Jesus said, "Feed My lambs".
A second time He put His question, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me"? "Yes, Lord", Peter said", You know that I love You". Jesus replied, "Tend My sheep".
A third time Jesus asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me"? Peter was hurt because He had asked a third time, "Do you love Me"? So he said to Him: "Lord, You know everything. You know well that I love You". Jesus told him, "Feed My sheep.
"I tell you solemnly: