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Vol: 46, No.30 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER ( C) May 05 2019  
Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia. (Ps 65:1-2)
The appearance of the Lord Jesus to his disciples and the appointment Peter as the chief shepherd are the themes that the gospel of today presents to us. The decision to go for fishing is taken by Peter and other disciples follow him. They catch nothing that night. Next morning Jesus is present though they do not recognize him initially. But they throw the nets into the sea at his suggestion and has a great catch of fish. The beloved disciple immediately senses that it is the Lord and Peter jumps into the sea to reach Jesus. They all have breakfast with bread and fresh fish which the Lord Jesus gives them. Jesus then appoints Peter as the future leader. This is the third and final encounter of the risen Jesus with his disciples and with it John brings his gospel to an end. This encounter makes it clear that in the absence of the Lord Jesus the disciples are not able to achieve anything. The nightlong fishing results in catching no fish. But when Jesus is present they catch one hundred and fifty-three large fish. Is Jesus present in our endeavours? Has the Lord’s presence made a difference in our lives? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels
and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(The high priest inadvertently admits that he has no power to control the apostles from preaching in the name of Jesus. Peter makes it clear that he and his associates will obey God rather than men).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (5:27-32, 40-41)
The high priest questioned the apostles, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” They charged the apostles not to speak
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