Year C – Third Sunday of Easter – April 14, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41; Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21: 1-19 or 21: 1-14

Easter offers believers a profile to live into, inviting us to live our faith in particular ways.  Acts calls us to be as courageous in our own day as Peter and the apostles were in theirs, fearlessly witnessing to Jesus Christ, and not being ashamed to speak of our relationship with him.  This does not mean battering people with our beliefs in a way that disrespects or condemns.  Nevertheless, we are called to speak out when we have a chance to witness to Jesus as our Savior.  Years ago (1975), in a letter calling all in the Church to evangelize, that is, to bring the Gospel to others (Evangelii Nuntiandi), Pope Paul VI wrote that the modern person listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he or she does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.  The best witness we can give is when we respond to Jesus’ words to Peter in today’s Gospel.  After Simon assures Jesus he loves him, Jesus says, “Feed my lambs, feed my sheep.”  Love for Christ flows over into a life lived in love.

How can you witness to Jesus this week by “feeding his sheep?”

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