Saints Peter and Paul

“A Fisherman and a Pharisee”
Couplet in honor of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

After this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.

John 21:1-11

The Holy Sea

“Holy sea” is a pun on “Holy See,” referring to the universal Church. “See,” from Latin sedes, meaning “seat,” refers to episcopal authority. “The Holy See” (with the definite article) refers to Rome, but the “Holy See of the East” honors the Churches in the Middle East and India, and the “Holy See of Antioch” refers to the Syrian Orthodox Church and the Syrian Catholic Church. Any see founded by an apostle is called an “Apostolic See.” In the couplet, “holy sea” includes the Church both East and West.

The ultimate “see” of authority is the Holy Spirit, whom Scripture describes as “hovering over the face of the waters” (“holy sea”) in the beginning (Genesis 1:2).

A fisherman and a Pharisee
Netted the world in the holy sea!

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