First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 5: 27-32, 40b – 41
Psalm Response: Psalm 30: 2, 4 – 6, 11 – 13
Second Reading: Revelations 5: 11 – 14
Gospel: John 21: 1 -19
In today’s readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, we find Jesus calling on his disciples. It seems to begin their formation, asking them to give their full attention and trust.
He begins with the disciples, who are professional fishermen. After fishing all night and not catching any fish – Jesus appears to them as a stranger on the beach. He directs them to throw their nets in another direction and – lo and behold – they did what was directed and got an overload of fish! The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” After this, Peter jumped into the sea and hurried to Jesus. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net with the fish. He invited them to breakfast on the beach, saying, “Bring some of your fish to cook.”
After these fishermen recognized Jesus, his attention seemed to focus on Simon Peter. Needing to hear from him of his love for the role he would be asked to commit to in furthering the kingdom of Jesus the Christ, Jesus says to Peter: “Follow me.” That call to furthering the kingdom of Jesus the Christ on earth continues to come to all of us!
Gracious, loving God, you sent your son, Jesus the Christ, to be with us – showing us the way to follow him in furthering the kingdom here on earth strengthened by the Bread of Life. Thank you. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Kate Holohan, osf