By Fr. Andrew Kelly
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER – APRIL 14
Sunday’s Gospel (John 21:1-19) narrates an Easter story of a miraculous catch of fish: “they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.” The catch was followed by a breakfast that Jesus cooked and served.
After breakfast, three times Jesus asked: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Three times Peter proclaimed: “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said in response: “Feed my lambs … tend my sheep … feed my sheep.”
The risen Jesus is the source of the believing community’s abundance of service, mission and nourishment.
Jesus asks the community: “Do you love me? But as with Simon Peter, Jesus demands more than words. Jesus wants action to manifest the depth of the love professed.
Jesus, the risen One, responds to the community’s profession of love: “Heal my sick. Feed my hungry. Shelter my homeless. Clothe my naked. Embrace my dying. Comfort my grieving. Welcome my poor. Act with justice. Live in peace.”
Jesus asked: “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” The community’s commitment to following Jesus’ words and deeds unreservedly is the community’s answer: “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
(Father Andrew Kelly is a retired priest of the Diocese of Davenport.)
Scripture Readings for April 14-21
Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41
Jn 21:1-19 or Jn 21:1-14
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Rev 7:9, 14b-17