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Third Sunday of Easter (C)

"Jesus stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish."

The Word This Week

The rest of the world has settled “back to normal” after Easter holidays now, but we continue to dwell on the resurrection of Jesus and the growth of the Church. Today’s Gospel, which many people consider the most beautiful of the resurrection stories, has many themes: the failed fishing trip, the inability of Peter to recognise the risen Jesus, the miracle of the 153 fish and the simple, powerful reassuring words of Jesus to his confused disciples: “Come and have breakfast.” We can all find ourselves a place in this Gospel story, as we continue to wonder at the resurrection.



Notes for Readers

First Reading: Acts 5:27-32.40-41

After the wonderful picture of the Church in last weeks reading from Acts, things have turned a bit nasty. The same high priest who presided over Jesus’ trial now confronts Peter and the apostles, but they turn this to their advantage, seeing it as an opportunity to witness to the resurrection and an “honour to suffer humiliation for the sake of the name of Jesus.” This passage should not be too hard to read – it is a powerful story. Just remember to emphasise Peter’s speech – he is speaking with conviction, and so should the reader! A special emphasis should be kept for the words “We are witness of this…”

 Second Reading: Apocalypse 5:11-14
We continue reading Saint John’s vision: this is a reading which is full of Easter imagery – we have “the Lamb that was sacrificed”, reminding us of Good Friday, and the vision of the glory of that same Lamb of God which portrays the wonder of the resurrection. As a way of “keeping Easter going” this is very powerful. When you read a vision like this, remember that it is closer to poetry than prose – you will have to underline mentally the powerful images, and remember gently to emphasise some of the “little words” which help paint the picture – for example, “… all the living things in creation …” Enjoy the lists – John piling up the numbers and words: “ten thousand times ten thousand … thousands upon thousands…” and “power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessing” – let an Easter excitement come out of these lists



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