Daily Reflection: The Friday in the Third Week of Lent

The ancient church used the season of Lent as a time to prepare unchurched people for their new life in Christ. If you were writing the curriculum for the catechumen, what are some things you would include that you feel are essential to your life as a Christian?

The Fishermen by John August Swanson

Today's reflection is an incredible play with music - so, we are only including the collect at the end.

I believe the importance of following Jesus’ instructions needs to be addressed early on in the Catechumen classes. So here is a skit adapted from John 21:1-9, telling of the disciples’ miraculous catch of fish by following Jesus’ instruction. It is written in both English and Chinese for both groups of children to use.

I have in mind my 4-year-3-month Grandson Tristan, who lives with his parents in Taipei, surrounded by nonbeliever relatives and teaching staff at his nursery school.

As part of the Lunar New Year celebration program, Tristan’s class were asked to dress up as little princes and princesses of a folkloric god and to dance along music and lyrics depicting worship of the god to be blessed. Cute as they were, I did not want Tristan to think that is the faith he is to believe in. I need to think quickly to balance it off. So here is an offer of a skit.

Do What Jesus Says

Text adapted from John 21:1-9

New International Version

Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

Characters: Peter, Andrew, Thomas, Philip, Nathanael, James & John

Setting: Galilee sea of 2000 years ago

Time: night time

The group gathers on the beach of Galilee. Some look anxious, others appear distressed.

Peter: I’m going out to fish.

Others: We’ll go with you.

Sing together while getting on the boat.

(Sing Verse 1 with the refrain only)

White high waves I’m not afraid,

Paddle forward here we go,

Cast a net out I’m a pro,

Take home full loads hahaha.

(Refrain to the same melody)

Hi-Yo I-Yo I-Yo Hung Hi-Yo (4x)

Several hours pass

Nathanael: I’m so tired!

Thomas: So am I!

James: I’m so sleepy!

John: Me too!

Philip: I’m so hungry!

Andrew: I wish I could have some bread and fish!

John: I wish Jesus was here. Remember how He fed 5000 people with just 5 loaves and 2 fish! That was such a splendid miracle!

Peter: Yah! I missed Him so much! But we haven’t got any fish yet. Let’s just wait a bit more!

They continue to paddle tiredly and slowly, while singing to the tune. But rather than singing, they are more like wailing⋯, changing words too...