"Simon, son of John, do you love me?"

On this Sunday, we will read John 21:1-19, another story of the Risen Lord appearing to his disciples; this time, at the shore of the Sea of Tiberias. The story reminds us of a similar incident in Luke 5:1-11 about the miracle of the catch of fish and the call to the disciples to be fishers of men. John narrates how the disciples are thrilled not only at the repeat of the enormous catch of fish, but also at the sight of the Risen Lord who shows them his relentless love and trust and the abundance of grace that his Resurrection brings.

John exhorts us that, in spite of our weakness and failures, there is no turning back in our vocation and mission. As the Risen Lord did to his disciples, he likewise meets us to enkindle our hearts with his love. He enjoins us to continue bearing witness to him with the abundance of his grace.

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Third Sunday of Easter, April 14, 2013 (3EasterC)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

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First Reading
Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 5, Verses 27-32, 40-41

1. “We gave you strict orders, did we not, to stop teaching in that name.” Why the negative attitude and all the objections from the Sanhedrin? How are you with interpretations of God’s word that are different from your own?

2. The apostles rejoiced that they had been found worthy to suffer and receive dishonor. When you encounter suffering in your life is there anything that helps you accept it? What would make a person “embrace” suffering? Do you know anyone who suffers but also exudes a kind of spiritual joy?

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Psalm 30: 2, 4-6, 11-13

1. Our psalmist says that God's anger lasts but a moment, while His favor lasts a lifetime. Give an example of how you have been blessed by God's favor after having fallen away for a time.

2. The Psalm speaks of changing our mourning into dancing. Tell of how the resurrection of our Lord has lifted you up and brought within you a rejoicing of the Spirit.

Second Reading
Book of Revelation, Chapter 5, Verses 11-14

1. Why is it right and just that “everything in the universe, cry out: “To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor, glory and might, forever and ever.”

2. Why is Christ called the “Paschal Lamb”? How are cross and resurrection unified in the image of the Paschal Lamb? How is this image a model for the Church?

According to John, Chapter 21, Verses 1-19

1. Jesus was on the shore. John and the other disciples were in the fishing boat. Why do you think John recognized Jesus before the others? Discuss.

2. How important was Peter’s triple profession of love for Jesus? Would Jesus have entrusted his church to Peter without love being involved? Is this quality important in leaders in the Church today?

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