The Weekend of May 4-5
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Fr. Tom joins us as we celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter!
In the Readings
First Reading Acts of the Apostles 5:27-32, 40b-41
In the First Reading, the apostles are brought before the Sanhedrin and are warned to stop teaching in the name of Jesus. The apostles respond that they obey God rather than men. The apostles proclaim that God raised Jesus, even though He was killed by the Sanhedrin. God exalted Jesus as leader and savior to give repentance and forgiveness of sins. The apostles say, “We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” The apostles are ordered to stop speaking in the name of Jesus and are dismissed. They rejoice that they have been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of His name.
Second Reading Revelation 5:11-14
In the Second Reading, John, the author of Revelation, sees and hears angels surrounding a throne along with four living creatures and the elders. They cry out, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.” Then every creature in the universe cries out, “To the one who sites on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor, glory and might, forever and ever.” The four living creatures answer, “Amen,” and the elders fall down and worship.
Gospel John 21:1-19
In the Gospel, Peter and some of Jesus’ disciples go fishing. They fish all night but don’t catch anything. When dawn comes, Jesus is standing on the shore, but the disciples don’t recognize Him yet. He tells them to cast their net on the other side of the boat. When they do, they catch a large amount of fish. Then they recognize that it is Jesus on the shore and go to Him. They bring some of the fish to Jesus and have breakfast with Him.
Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him. Peter says, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.” Jesus tells him, “Feed My lambs.” He asks Peter again if he loves Him, and Peter gives the same reply. Jesus tells him, “Tend My sheep.” When Jesus asks Peter a third time if he loves Him, Peter replies, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You.” Jesus answers, “Feed My sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus says this signifying what kind of death Peter will have to glorify God.
Please pray for our Second Grade students as they receive First Holy Communion during Masses this weekend and next weekend!
Have you heard of the Butterfly Effect? It’s the idea that even the tiniest of actions, like the flap of a butterfly’s wing, can make huge differences in the world. During Lent, we were renewed by the Holy Spirit much like a caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly. Now it’s time for us to “flap our wings” and change the lives of others. Join us this Easter as we learn to follow the Spirit and help the world be Transformed!
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