Most Holy Trinity by Ermes Dovico

GOSPEL PEARLS

The error of the Titanic

Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some. (John 21: 6)

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After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.  Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.  Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.”  He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.  That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.  The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread.  Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”  So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.  This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. (John 21: 1-14)

The second miraculous catch of fish, which occurred after Jesus’s resurrection, teaches us that the Church (represented here by the disciples and the boat) cannot do anything without Christ’s help. This fact teaches us to always ask for the Lord’s help even when we believe we are unsinkable. Let us not make the same error as the builders of the Titanic who inscribed on the ship’s hull "Not even God can sink me". The Titans in Greek mythology were those who had rebelled against the gods, yet they were defeated. The Titanic was to be proof that men, with their progress, no longer needed God. We all know how the story ended: the ocean liner sank on its very first voyage.