3rd Sunday Easter C


A Pilgrim's Daily Prayer

Called through the Word to the everlasting journey in the Spirit

from nothingness to union with the One who is the Beginning and the End

Unknown Illustrator: Jesus Eats with His Seven Disciples, Jerome Nadal's 'Evangelicae Historiae Imagines', 1593

 

Third Sunday of Easter C:                                       Jesus Feeds Us to Eternal Life

 

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40-41
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
Second Reading: Revelation 5:11-14
Gospel: John 21:1-19 or 21:1-14

 

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”  Jesus . . . took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish (NRSV, Jn 21:12a,13).

 

Let us pray.

 

Father, in John’s gospel the risen Jesus appears to his disciples on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias.  There is a miraculous draught of fish.  Then Jesus invites them to share a meal with him.

 

Father, in faith we know that the risen Jesus is with us, not just occasionally but constantly.  It is the continuing presence of the Word, now made flesh in Jesus, that constitutes us as human beings capable of growing in every moment in the divine life that he offers to us.  Even when we turn away in sin, your Word remains present, pressing in upon us, that we might turn away from our sin, accept forgiveness and continue on our journey of growth in your life.

 

Jesus feeds us at every moment, not only with bread and fish (Everything that we have, Father, comes from you.) but with divine nourishment that sustains us into the world to come. The life and power that Jesus offers to us, Father, enables us to do heroic and even miraculous deeds as did the disciples of old.

 

Father, may we recognize Jesus, the Word made flesh, ever present in our lives and accept with gratitude the gift of the Holy Spirit that you offer us through him.

 

Through Christ our Lord.  Amen

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