This week's Gospel from John is a favorite.
The Risen Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him three times - a beautiful scene to counter the Apostle's denial just days earlier.
We've heard this reading many, many times before. But there is a small, yet significant, detail in John's writing that I just learned this weekend.
When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with a fish on it and bread.
John made it a point to note the kind of fire that Jesus had set up.
Do you know the only other time in the entire Bible that a charcoal fire appears?
Peter's denial of Christ.
And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.
What a beautiful detail. Jesus has returned Peter to the sight - and even the smell - of the event that wounded him so badly.
And thus, while Our Rock left the first charcoal fire in shame, he leaves the second one a healed Shepherd.
God Bless you.