Saturday, April 13, 2013
3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER – C
3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER – C
Acts 5:27-32,40-41 / Ps 30: 2. 4. 5-6. 11-12. 13 (2a) / Rev 5:11-14 / Jn 21:1-19
So they brought them in and made them stand before the Council and the High Priest questioned them, "We gave you strict orders not to preach such a Savior; but you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you intend charging us with the killing of this man." To this Peter and the apostles replied, "Better for us to obey God rather than any human authority! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus whom you killed by hanging him on a wooden post. God set him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to grant repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are wit- nesses to all these things, as well as the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him." They called in the apostles and had them whipped, and ordered them not to speak again of Jesus Savior. Then they set them free. The apostles went out from the Council rejoicing that they were considered worthy to suffer disgrace for the sake of the Name.
I went on looking; I heard the noise of a multitude of angels gathered around the throne, the living creatures and the elders, numbering millions of millions, crying out with a loud voice: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor, glory and praise. Then I heard the voice of the whole universe, heaven, earth, sea and the place of the dead; every creature cried out: To him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb be praise, honor, glory and power forever and ever. And the four living creatures said, Amen, while the elders bowed down and worshiped.
After this, Jesus revealed himself to the disciples by the Lake of Tiberias. He appeared to them in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas who was called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two other disciples were together; and Simon Peter said to them, "I'm going fishing." They replied, "We will come with you." And they went out and got into the boat, but they caught nothing that night. When day had already broken, Jesus was standing on the shore, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus called them, "Friends, have you anything to eat?" They answered, "Nothing." Then he said to them, "Throw the net on the right side of the boat and you will find something." When they had lowered the net, they were not able to pull it in because of the great number of fish. Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, "It's the Lord!" At these words, "It's the Lord!" Simon Peter put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and jumped into the water. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish; they were not far from land, about a hundred meters. When they landed, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you've just caught." So Simon Peter climbed into the boat and pulled the net to shore. It was full of big fish—one hundred and fifty-three—but, in spite of this, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." And not one of the disciples dared to ask him, "Who are you?" for they knew it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and he did the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after rising from the dead. After they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." And Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." A second time Jesus said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" And Peter answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Look after my sheep." And a third time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was saddened because Jesus asked him a third time, "Do you love me?" and he said, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus then said, "Feed my sheep! Truly, I say to you, when you were young, you put on your belt and walked where you liked. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will put a belt around you, and lead you where you do not wish to go." Jesus said this to make known the kind of death by which Peter was to glorify God. And he added, "Follow me."
Consider the scene of today's gospel: The disciples have been fishing all night but with no luck. A "stranger" on the shore suggests that they throw the net on the other side. Then there is a great catch of fish. One of the disciples realizes that the "stranger" is the risen Jesus! Peter, filled with joy, jumps into the water and rushes to Jesus. After a while Jesus tells Peter to be the shepherd to feed Christ's lambs and sheep, and to follow him.
Some years earlier there was a very similar experience recorded in the gospel according to Luke. The disciples were fishing all night with no luck and a stranger told them to throw the net on the other side. Then there was a great catch of fish! Peter senses that this stranger must be a holy man and, in shame, he protests: "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man." But Jesus assures Peter that following him, Peter will become a fisher of men.
Were these two experiences really one, somehow confused by the gospel writers John and Luke? Or were they really two experiences, one of them what we might call a déjà vu experience, meaning one of those experiences we sometimes have when we sense "I have experienced this before!"
Whatever the scholarly answer to that question may be, the Church today helps us to reflect on what a difference the resurrection of Jesus can mean for us. For many of us, our first adult encounter with the Lord may be one that makes us anxious. But as we grow in companionship with Jesus, our anxiety can be changed to trust and love! We see in today's gospel reading a different Peter. When before Peter "feared" the Lord and even "betrayed" the Lord three times, now Peter shows that he really does love the Lord. Three times from the very center of his heart he protests to Jesus: "You know that I love you!" How Peter has grown! The Peter who at first was reluctant to be a companion of Jesus now expresses a love so great that he is willing not only to be a fisher of men but more than that, a shepherd of Jesus' flock, even to the point of giving up his life for his sheep.
Today's gospel reading suggests that in love, the risen Jesus can transform our lives. To all of us the question put to Peter by the risen Lord is the same: "Do you love me very deeply?" It is the love that the Lord has for us as he had for Peter that will enable us to reply: "Lord, you know that I love you!" Can we hear the Lord say: "Follow me"?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Andy Lecaros, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
… for the personal intentions of
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Laurence Millard "Larry" C. Gochioco. Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Penelope Jayden S. Sy
- In Memoriam (+): Sulpicia Solaña
- In Memoriam (+): Mark Damian Luis Marcos Orendain
- In Memoriam (+): Jose B. Daria
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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