The beginning of the chapter finds the disciples
marveling at the buildings of the temple precincts, in light of which Jesus predicts they will be destroyed (13:1-2).
Yet I know too well what real disciples
do: bring their boats to the shore, leave their nets, and walk off after Jesus, wherever the heck he's going this time.
The first relationship is a negative one, marked by dominance and destruction: "Masters have destroyed their disciples
both psychologically and, in rarer cases, physically.
He must transcend the loyalty of the other disciples
put out their nets and caught breakfast and ate it together with Jesus.
A Trotskyite socialist who also expresses admiration for Mussolini (a largely disavowed disciple
of Marx), Ledeen candidly extols "total war" against the Muslim world as a revolutionary strategy: "I mean the kind of warfare that not only destroys the enemy's military forces, but also brings the enemy society to an extremely personal point of decision, so that they are willing to accept a reversal of the cultural trends that spawned the war in the first place.
But in John 21 Jesus is not a catch-and-release angler since: a) he helps the disciples
catch and kill exactly 153 fish; and b) he himself roasts some fish for an impromptu breakfast on the beach.
In the typical pattern of Mark, Jesus' second prediction of the passion is followed by a particularly embarrassing example of just how completely the disciples
fail to "get it.
Could the two disciples
have been Cleopas and his wife Mary?
The Christian Board of Publication of the Disciples
of Christ announced that it is, "with great regret," suspending publication of Disciple
Over time, he has turned over the reins of his investment empire to younger disciples
handpicked from all four corners of the universe, while he looks to become known in other contexts.