Third Sunday of Easter ~ May 5, 2019

May 3, 2019

My Dear Parish Family,

Gone fishing!”  This saying can be used either literally or metaphorically. Sometimes it indicates someone really has gone fishing, like the disciples in the Gospel. At other times, it means someone has taken a break from the demands of work. Little did Peter know that this fishing trip would end by immersing him even more fully in the demands of a different kind of work!

Peter’s new work is to be a shepherd (“Tend my sheep”) who gathers and feeds the hungers of the people for whom Jesus has given his life. The demands of this new work are total, for Peter will meet opposition and in the end give his own life for the flock.

Like Peter, we shepherd others, for example, when we offer a sense of direction to someone who feels lost or is fearful of taking a step in a new direction. We offer nourishment when we offer encouraging words to someone who feels distraught or downtrodden. We give our life for others when, despite opposition, we speak out against injustice. We can do all these things for others because we have experienced God’s abundant love for us.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter