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Weekly devotional: What we really need

April 22, 2022

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
ʻĪ maila ʻo Iesū iā lākou, E hele mai e ʻai. ʻAʻole i ʻaʻa kekahi o nā haumāna e nīnau aku iā ia, ʻO wai ʻoe? Ua ʻike nō lākou, ʻo ka Haku ia. Hele maila ʻo Iesū, a lālau ihola i ka berena, a hāʻawi maila iā lākou, a me ka iʻa nō hoʻi. ʻO ke kolu kēia o ko Iesū hōʻike ʻana iā ia iho i kāna poʻe haumāna, ma hope iho o kona ala hou ʻana aʻe mai ka make mai. – Ioane 21:12-14

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 21:12-14

He manaʻo o ke kahu
This story in John chapter 21 opens with Peter and the disciples returning to their roots, fishing. Why? Well, that is what they knew best, and they needed time to figure out what to do with their lives. Why? Well, with the majority of the community believing that Jesus was still in a tomb, the disciples' livelihood required attention. Thus, fishing for food and finances made sense. However, their first holoholo session didn’t start that well. Were they rusty? Perhaps, but fishing requires confidence and patience, and apparently, they were all tapped out.

After fishing all night with no evidence of a catch to prove that they were real fishermen, they became desperate. Dawn greets them with a friendly voice from shore calling out to them with a familiar tone directing the exhausted crew to take their empty nets and drop them on the right side of their boat. They follow the advice and lo and behold their catch was so plentiful they could not even pull it into the boat. Who is this person on the shoreline guiding their actions? Jesus, of course. By the time they get to shore, Jesus has a fire ready to pulehu some of their catch for breakfast. The ecstatic crew are excited to be fishermen again, they have a purpose, again, and more importantly, they are in unity with the one person who could satisfy all their needs, Jesus, our risen Savior.

Are there times when you feel like you have lost your purpose, or have needs that are being met and you need to try something else? Jesus knows your wants and while supporting you, will help you retrieve your identity, your purpose, and your faith. Peter and the disciples had wants, desires, and wishes that were satisfied, but their bountiful catch wasn’t what they really needed. They needed Christ! They needed to see Him, sit with Him, speak with Him, learn from Him, and break bread with Him. We too, need to break bread with Jesus, and take our empty nets of faith, throw them to the other side and fill them up with hope, and love. Jesus knows our needs, and it is to be in communion with Him.

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