Children, Cast the net

Greetings on this the Third Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41; Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13; Rev 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19
Notes: Resurrection. Obedience, even at risk of death. The Lamb who was slain and rescues us from death, encourages us to live as he lived.

Even still God provides.
Cast the net.

Feed the hungry.
Follow him.

First reading
But Peter and the apostles said in reply,
“We must obey God rather than men.
The God of our ancestors raised Jesus.

Peter shows his fidelity to the Lord even at the risk of death. He in fact is tending to the sheep just as Jesus said he would at the seashore in today’s gospel portion.

Responsorial Psalm
I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

Second reading
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength,
honor and glory and blessing.”

To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor, glory and might,
forever and ever.


The elders fell down and worshiped.

Alleluia Verse
Christ is risen, creator of all;
he has shown pity on all people.

Gospel Portion
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
Jesus said to him the third time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was distressed that Jesus had said to him a third time,
“Do you love me?” and he said to him,
“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

Peter decides to obey and express love in fact not merely as an emotion but as an action.


The night before Jesus died, He fed His sheep at the Last supper by giving them His Body and Blood. On the afternoon Jesus rose, He fed His sheep by interpreting for them every passage of Scripture which referred to Him then He broke the bread for them. Later, Jesus fed Peter and the six other apostles with a breakfast of bread and fish (Gospels Matthew, Luke and John).

  • Love compels us to love.
  • Love compels us to share.
  • Love compels us to feed all in the body and the soul.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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