In the midst of all the turmoil of the past week, when the apostles were confused and lost, they did what people always do in such times, they tried to go on as normal. Peter decided to go fishing; that's what he was, a fisherman. Some of the others were with him and decided to go out on the boat. After funerals, sickness, accidents, we all try to get back to normal as quickly as possible. As usual John highlights the life without Jesus as opposed to the life with him!
"Have you caught anything?" asked the Lord. "No", was the reply. "Cast out your nets again," was the order and of course ... life with the Lord is bountiful ... so they caught a whole netful of fish. Now they recognised Jesus and at once Peter jumped into the water and made for the shore. This impetuousness is what is so attractive about Peter. Once he realises it is Jesus he can't wait. He leaves boat and friends to be with his master. Blessed John Paul the Great called his letter on vocations "Steeping out into the deep" This is where he got the idea from. Sometimes Jesus calls us to step out with him...and run through water or whatever to meet him. For us the journey does not end with Jesus' resurrection, it only begins!