Sunday 5 May 2019

About Today Readings

3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER.

Acts 5:27-32, 40-41. Psalm 29(30):2, 4-6, 11-13. Apocalypse 5:11-14. John 21:1-19.

I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me – Psalm 29(30):2, 4-6, 11-13. 

‘They knew it was the Lord.’

Today’s gospel has Jesus appearing to the disciples who are out together unsuccessfully fishing. Jesus calls out to them to recast their nets, which become abundantly full. Back on the shore together, the breakfast is a eucharistic celebration by a charcoal fire. This detail is important: Peter had denied Jesus three times, warming himself by a charcoal fire.

The symbolism is dramatically rich, especially in the way Peter is asked the same question three times – a slightly embarrassing, perplexing moment. This conversation after breakfast takes the form of a ritual healing: Peter is able to reaffirm his love for Jesus, who in turn confirms Peter in his mission.

The notion of fishermen who can’t catch fish seems to add to the feeling of the disciples floundering without the presence of Jesus. His appearance alters this, and they are instructed to follow him. This is quite an invitation.

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