Sunday Readings and Reflections

Peter Paul Rubens, Christ’s charge to Peter, circa 1616

Sunday, May 1 
Third Sunday of Easter 

Roman Ordinary calendar


St. Joseph the Worker


Acts of the Apostles 5,27b-32.40b-41.

When the court officers had brought the Apostles in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, 
“We gave you strict orders (did we not?) to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 
But Peter and the apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men. 
The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. 
God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. 
We are witnesses of these things, as is the holy Spirit that God has given to those who obey him.” 
After recalling the apostles, they had them flogged, ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them. 
So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. 

Psalms 30(29),2.4.5-6.11.12a.13b.

I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear 
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me. 
O LORD, you brought me up from the nether world; 
you preserved me from among those going down into the pit. 

Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones, 
and give thanks to his holy name. 
For his anger lasts but a moment; 
a lifetime, his good will. 
At nightfall, weeping enters in, 
but with the dawn, rejoicing. 

Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me; 
O LORD, be my helper.” 
You changed my mourning into dancing; 
O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks. 

Book of Revelation 5,11-14.

I, John, looked and heard the voices of many angels who surrounded the throne and the living creatures and the elders. They were countless in number, 
and they cried out in a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.” 
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, 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.” 
The four living creatures answered, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 21,1-19.

Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. 
Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. 
Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 
When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 
Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” 
So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. 
So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. 
The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. 
When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. 
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” 
So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. 
Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord. 
Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. 
This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead. 
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 
He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he 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. 
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.” 

Saint John-Paul II 
Pope from 1978 to 2005 
Homily at Paris 30/05/80

“Do you love me? ”

“Do you love? (…) Do you love me? (…) ” From now on, to his life’s end, Peter would have to go on his way accompanied by this threefold question: “Do you love me?” And he assessed all his actions according to the answer he then gave. When he was brought before the Sanhedrin; when he was put in prison in Jerusalem – that prison from which he was not meant to come out but from which he came out nonetheless; at Antioch and then, even further away, from Antioch to Rome. And when at Rome he had persevered to the end of his days, then he knew the force of those words indicating that Another would lead him where he did not wish to go. He knew, too, that thanks to the power of those words, the Church “was devoted to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers” and that “every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved” (Acts 2:42.47) (…)

Peter can never distance himself from this question: “Do you love me?” He carries it with him wherever he goes. He carries it across the centuries, through all generations; among new peoples and nations; among ever new languages and races. He carries it alone and yet he is no longer alone. Others carry it with him. (…) There were then, and there are now, numbers of men and women who knew and who know also today that their whole lives have value and meaning only and exclusively to the extent that they are an answer to the same question: “Do you love? Do you love me?” They gave, and still give, their answer in a whole and perfect way – a heroic answer – or else in a commonplace and ordinary way. But in either case they know that their life, and that human life in general, has value and meaning to the extent that it is an answer to this question: “Do you love?” It is solely thanks to this question that life is worth living.

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