John 21 is the story of Jesus appearing to seven apostles out fishing on Lake Tiberias - except they didn’t immediately recognise the man standing on the shore.
After the apostles had spent the night fishing in vain, he told them to cast their net on the other side of the boat, which led to a phenomenal catch they could barely haul on board.
It was only then that they realised the man preparing his breakfast was the resurrected Jesus.
What follows is an intriguing conversation between Jesus and Simon Peter. Just weeks earlier, the apostle had claimed he was prepared to go to prison with and to die for Jesus. But after Jesus’ arrest, Simon Peter thrice denied his association with him.
This is what transpires in the chill of the morning mist on the lake shore:
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’
A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’
He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’
Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished.
'But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.’
(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’
Both readings are about leadership and followership.
In the case of Saul it was a drastic case of conversion, a recognition of the error of his ways. A case of a poacher turned gamekeeper? A government soldier joining the underground rebel army? A philanderer preaching abstinence?
Whatever happened, Saul recognised his wrongdoing and was prepared to take an unknown path - 'you will be told what to do' - a complete submission to the force he was trying to fight only hours or minutes earlier.