“After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples.” John 21:1
For all intents and purposes, Easter is over. Not only is it not Easter anymore, it’s not even the Sunday after Easter, when the glow from the early morning encounter of the empty tomb is still lingering. Easter break is over and kids are back to school. Adults are back to work. The Easter egg that Grandpa hid especially well and then forgot where it was when total eggs found didn’t quite add up to total eggs hidden, is out of sight and out of mind. Maybe someone will find it in July if it starts to smell bad enough in the summer heat.
But the church does a tricky thing to us, declaring the entire time between Easter morning and Pentecost Sunday, May 19, to be included in the season of Easter. All seven weeks of it. Resurrection will not go away easily.
The passage from John 21 appears to be something of an appendix to John’s telling of the gospel. Jesus has been crucified, is risen, appears to Mary, then the male disciples as they huddle behind locked doors. Then he appears again to...