The Gospel narrative of John is a story filled with many encounters.
The first miracle which Jesus wrought in this Gospel involved Him encountering the newly wed couple who ran out of wine (Ch 2).
And then, there were some Greeks who had wanted to see Jesus (Ch 12).
The episode today brings us to witness another encounter: that of the risen Jesus and His disciples who set out to fish, but failed to produce any catch (Jn 21:1-14).
In the three encounters mentioned, one thing appears to be in common: an intermediary:
Mary linked up Jesus with the couple.
Philip led the Greeks to Jesus.
John made Peter realize that “It is the Lord.”
Many people desire to encounter Jesus. But, as it were, they need some sort of a go-between who will lead them to Him, so that they will be able to recognize that, that it is, indeed, “the Lord!“
We are asked to be just that.
But before that, it is necessary that we encounter Him first.