THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
First Reading: Acts 5: 27-32, 40b-41
From Coward to Bold!
29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30 The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.
From coward to bold, from weak to strong, and from denying to declaring; St. Peter has traveled a long way as seen in this passage here. He boldly proclaims Christ Jesus’ death and resurrection. While facing His Lord’s persecutors, St. Peter does not hesitate in telling them the truth!
In the previous verses (Acts 5:17-26) through the power of God, St. Peter along with the other apostles is released from secured prison cells. Yet again the high priest has them brought here to the council! But Peter delivers yet another testimony and further perplexes them all!
41 As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
If we ever suffer any form of dishonor, (whether minor or major) we must recognize that they are opportunities to rejoice in and because of the Lord!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 30: 2 and 4-6, 11-13
From Silence to Praise!
4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
12 so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.
Second Reading: Revelation 5: 11-14
From Doubt to Faith.
11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 singing with full voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
The above passage describes the glory of God in Heaven. When we participate in the Holy Eucharist, we also partake of a slice of Heaven here on earth. We can experience this, if we believe and open the eyes of our hearts. We thank Our Lord Jesus for the gift of the Holy Eucharist to us.
Gospel: John 21: 1-19
Where is your catch?
9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”
Jesus already had fish and bread on the fire, He didn’t need them to bring in their catch. He then tells them to bring some of their catch! Christ can raise disciples out of stones, but he still permits us to partake of His Kingdom. He provides for our needs if we cast our nets at his bidding.
11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.
The disciples have hauled us into the church, and though we are so many the Church will not be torn apart. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
The Lord ate and drank with them, after his resurrection! He lives on in our lives as real as a person sitting next to us! God became man and lived among us, 2000 years ago. He eats and drinks with us today, even though we may fail to recognize Him.
(Vv.16-19) Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” “Tend my sheep.” “Feed my sheep. After this he said to him, “Follow me.”
Jesus’ commands to Peter are to feed the Word of God to His lambs and sheep. Christ puts Peter in charge of His Church and tells him to look after and guide his sheep. Peter followed Him, boldly!
What have we caught so far, where is our haul? Can we do better?