Gospel Reflections

3rd Sunday of Easter

John 21:1-19

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Michela Sheehan

Published: April 10, 2016


Comfort and Challenge on the Shore;
Terror and Fear in our World

In today’s Gospel, John tells of comfort and challenge. It is the comfort for the disciples struggling with all that has happened to this man, this Jesus whom they had followed, believed in and loved.

And here he was, waiting on the shore, preparing a meal of fish and bread! “Bring some of the fish you have caught. Come and eat,” he calls out. They knew he was the Lord and gratefully gathered around the fire.

Then this is the challenge to Peter (and to us):

  • “Do you love me more than the others do?” ... “Feed my lambs.”
  • “Do you love me?” ... “Take care of my sheep.”
  • “Simon son of John, do you love me?” ... “Feed my sheep.”

The disciples struggled to understand the violence they had seen and the hopelessness they felt.

Jesus shows the promise that resurrection is real; the disciples begin to believe again, and realize with Peter that challenges are ahead.

Today in our world we hear stories of violence, destruction, hate, cries of hopelessness and despair. Our challenges are today… Who will be the persons in our care? Whom will we feed?

Eric Barreto writes:
As we grieve Jesus’ unjust death and celebrate his resurrection, as we grieve the unconscionable loss of life and the hope that God promises, may despair and praise together point us to those God calls our sisters and brothers, our kin.

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