Third Sunday of Easter

Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter.  We hear the familiar story of Jesus appearing to the disciples who were out fishing on the Lake of Tiberias.  Having caught nothing that night, Jesus tells them to lower their nets on the right side of the boat, and they catch a tremendous amount of fish.  Peter jumps into the water to return to shore and meet Jesus. When all have arrived, Jesus prepares breakfast for them.  After breakfast, three times Jesus questions Peter, “Do you love me?”  I would like to share with you a portion of a reflection I read last week, concerning this particular scripture passage.  Stephen J, Binz, a Catholic Scripture scholar, writes:

As Peter plunges into the water, we are reminded that the way to the risen Lord is through the water of baptism.  As Peter joins with the other disciples to share a meal with the Lord, we recall our invitation to share his presence in the Eucharist.  And we realize that the natural consequence of baptism and Eucharist is the commission by Jesus to share in his mission.

Through the eyes of Peter, we can experience the transforming work of Jesus.  By making a charcoal fire, Jesus reminds Peter of the dark scene of his denial in the high priest’s courtyard.  But how different these burning coals must have looked to Peter in the light of dawn as Jesus prepares a meal of communion and reconciliation upon them.  In the presence of this new fire, which is warm and inviting, Jesus offers Peter another chance to affirm his discipleship.  As Peter three times denied his relationship to Jesus, now Jesus gives Peter this three-fold opportunity to express his love for him.”

Congratulations to Elijah Cronkright, Charlie Dupuis, and Dylan Riedlinger!  All three received the sacrament of Confirmation this past Wednesday at Holy Spirit Church.  Father Rick Bokinskie, our Vicar, and Bishop Hurley’s delegate, Confirmed them.  May Elijah, Charlie, and Dylan be guided by the Holy Spirit as they continue to grow in their faith.  They will be completing their sacraments of Initiation this Sunday at the 9:30 AM Mass with the reception of First Eucharist.

The Catholic Services Appeal officially begins in our parish this weekend.  Pastors and pastoral administrators had two choices of weekends to begin CSA, one during Lent, and the other during the Easter Season.  Please watch your mail for information from the diocese regarding CSA 2019, if you have not yet received that mailing.

Blessings on your Easter Season!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ