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Third Sunday of Easter, year B 3eme dimanche de Paques, année B

Ac. 3, 12-15 17-19 Ps 4 1 Jn.2 1-5a Lk 24, 35-48

3rd Sunday of Easter, year ’C’ 10th April 2016

“Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me?” -“Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Ac.5,27-32,40-41 Ps.29 Ap. 5,11-14 Jn.21,1-19

“After this, Jesus showed himself to his disciples again on the Tiberiad lake-side and this is how : there was Simon Peter, with Thomas(whose name means ’Twin’), Nathanael, from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples. Simon Peter told them’ I’m off fishing.’ They answered him : ’We’ll go with you.’ They went and got into the boat; now they spent the whole night fishing and caught nothing.”

Jesus chooses someone who oscillates between professing his faith and denying him, to be head of his Church.If Peter is capable of the loveliest of declarations, it is with reticence that he admits to be led in a path he didn’t choose himself.

Peter is still on the sea, still in darkness, in the world’s adversity, in failure. He hadn’t caught any fish.

Jesus is going to place him in his vocation :’Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Do you recognise me? ’Yes, Lord, I love you, you know it.’

Peter becomes aware that he will have to watch over the Church, the Body of Christ, which will be commended to Him. Jesus is there, before him, risen, to their great surprise. He has already given his Holy Spirit to his apostles in saying ’Go, and forgive all sins.’ The Risen Lord Jesus who gives the Holy Spirit gives the means to bring about his work in a relationship of Love that is completely personal with Him. He gives tot he Church ministers the power to forgive sins.

“At daybreak, Jesus was there on the lake side, but the disciples didn’t know it was him. Jesus called them ’Children, would you have any fish?’ They answered ’No.’ He said tot hem ’Throw out your nets on the right side of the boat and you shall find some.’ They threw their net into the sea, and this time they were unable to bring it in, for there were so many fish in it, weighing it down.

Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter : ’It’s the Lord!’

When Simon Peter heard him say it was the Lord, he slipped on some clothes, for he was naked, and threw himself into the water.”

Not for a single moment do Peter’s resistances shake Jesus in the choice he made to make him Shepherd of his Church.Peter’s profession of faith and betrayal are intimately linked to his minister, which from the start appears marked with the double seal of consented belonging and constraint he was subject to. This apparition is given to confirm Peter in his vocation.

’Having loved his own in the world, Jesus loved them right to the end.’ Jesus proposes we live from the same Love! God is Love and it is Love that asks Peter three times :

’Do you love me?’

This Love expressed by Jesus is a challenge for us, for it is not easy to love Love. Loving love is something that is to be taken seriously and commits ourselves to it. We need this Love most of all. Jesus gives this Love to us in the Eucharist which is the mystery of Love to be celebrated until He comes again.

"This was the third time that the Risen Lord Jesus showed himself to his disciples.

When they had breakfasted, Jesus said to Simon Peter ’Simon, Son of John , do you love me more than these?’ He answered him : ’Yes, lord, you know i do.’

Jesus said to him, ’Feed my lambs.’

A third time Jesus asked him ’Simon, Son of John, do you love me?’

Peter was hurt that Jesus had asked him this for the third time and he replied ’Lord, you know everything, you know quite well that I love you.’

Jesus said to him ’Be the shepherd of my sheep.’

By his triple interrogation Jesus provokes Peter to a triple profession of faith : ’Follow me.’

Christian life takes on meaning in the mystery of Love, a Love in truth and in act, a Love that is nourished by the wounded Heart of the Lamb and from the heart of the Woman who remained faithful. Love is in need of a heart that receives him.

It is an ’I love you of Love’.

Peter has now come to understand that it is in weakness that Jesus saves us : ’They will look to the one they pierced’

At the school of Mary, with John, we wish to enter into this Love : by the power of this Love God has raised up Jesus! He will raise us up again.

We ask for the grace to understand the words of Jesus and to adhere tot hem with all of our heart.

3rd Sunday of Easter, year B

“They were still talking about all this when he himself stood among them and said to them ’Peace be with you! ’In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, ’Why are you so agitated and why are these doubts stirring in your hearts? See by my hands and my feet that it is I myself.Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’”

The disciples of Jesus have a hard time recognizing him, whereas he came to draw his friends out of their fears and their closing in on themselves. He had to insist so that his disciples believe in the Resurrection for they do not dare to. Their first inclination is to believe that the Risen Lord Jesus is a ghost! Jesus calls his Peace upon them, he lets himself be touched, he eats with them trying to convince them to overcome their fears. But it is not so easy to believe in the Victory of Love after having seen his apparent failure on the Cross. This is why, even after all that the Gospel tells us again that ’in their joy’ they did not dare believe, they stood their in complete amazement. Jesus said tot them ’Everything needed to be accomplished all that had been said of me in the Law of Moses, by the Prophets and in the Psalms. This biblical memory is given to us so that we make memory of it always in our lives. Jesus has given us to exist through him, to recognise him in our lives by faith Today, in our difficulties, the Church can be struck with amazement and fear. We believed, but after everything that has happened! In spiritual combat we need to come together and to be more and more united in the spiritual links we have with each other.’ This is what Scripture announced : the Messiah’s sufferings…’

“Their joy was so great that they still could not believe it, as they were dumbfounded; so they said to them, ’Have you anything here to eat?’ and they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes.”

This long work of persuasion will end up by making these disciples really solid columns of the Church upon which the Christian faith has been leaning upon over the last twenty centuries. Our faith rests upon those who had seen Jesus, upon

those who, after his Resurrection, had touched him, seen him, ate and drank with him. Jesus asks to take into consideration the facts and he questions the disciples after his Resurrection ’Why are you troubled? And why do these thoughts come to you? ’ Even today we do not allow ourselves to be scandalised by the distresses and miseries in the world after those of Jesus. Paschal said ’Christ is in agony until the end of time’; Jesus is crucified in his members. From now on he lives in the community of brothers.He gives himself through his Word, in each of his memebers.He is present in the poor who manifest the Crucified face of Christ. Jesus is given in the broken bread, the holy liturgy gives us the glorified face of Jesus, it gives us his Love, his strength and his light. Jesus came, suffered, died. He has risen and we announce this. It is in this “being together” that we already live his Resurrection.He continues his work in the Church. The presence of Jesus is discreet, full of humility and gentleness.

“Then he told them, ’This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses in the prophets and in the Psalms, was destined to be fulfilled.He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ’So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.You are witnesses to this.”

Following the Apostles, we are invited to find Jesus once more living in our midst. We are invited to touch him in his Eucharistic Body. For this same Body of the Risen Lord Jesus becomes present amongst us at each Eucharist and it is given to us to recognise him when we receive him. He himself invites us : ’Touch my hands and my feet, then take and eat all of you, see, it really is me!’ When we receive Jesus in the Eucharist we receive the seeds of our own resurrection. From now onwards, Jesus takes away our sins and wishes to transform our lives. From now on, strengthened by the same faith the apostles had, we shall be able to become in the Church the witnesses of Christ and continue the transmission of our faith that was born on Easter morning. Jesus is given to us so that we can become life and witness his Life. This form of witnessing is first and foremost personal. Each one of us, thanks to the Word of God, can make a similar journey as that of the

disciples of Emmaus , of the Apostles and of all those who were witnesses before us. Each realised the cohesion of the community. We are building up the Body of Christ that is the Church.

Let us ask to live in truth in Christ, to bear witness to Jesus as he bore witness to the Father, with humility and gentleness.