Saturday, April 9, 2016

Follow Peter in John's Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles: 3rd Sunday of Easter

Listen to the homily here.


Follow St. Peter in our readings today
Gospel of John
·      It’s “before” the Acts of the Apostles—“after”—flip-flop at Mass
·      I love a couple of lines:
o   Simply four words: “I am going fishing
§  Do any of you say that?  I hope so!  You’re in God’s country!
o   They went out to fish (they were fishermen)
o   Then Jesus said, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?
o   That reply, “No.”
§  Do any of you fish like this?  Yep!
o   Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.”
§  And they did!
§  Then they saw it was Jesus.
·      Jesus forgave Peter from his denial
o   Do you love me?...Feed my lambs…Do you love me?  Tend my lambs…Do you love me?...Feed my sheep.”
o   Forgiveness of Peter…and he went with courage!
1st reading in the Acts of the Apostles
·      The apostles were told by the Sanhedrin, “We gave you strict orders, did we not, to stop teaching in that name?  Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us…”
o   Imagine Jerusalem
o   The apostles were preaching Jesus Christ…sharing the resurrection of Jesus Christ
o   In the crowds…with people!
·      Peter said to the apostles, “We must obey God rather than men.”
As we follow our leader...our shepherd (Bishop Paul Sirba) and Pope Francis
·      How do we today those that tell Christians to be only inprivate” or “to stop teaching in that name” or “Christianity in public?”
o   In politics?
o   In our government? 
o   In those who have power to lead without Jesus? 
o   Media?
o   Public areas?  (Our United States began as Christians!)
·      Christianity is for the world…again…Christianity is for the world
·      How do we obey God rather than men?

We have three important answers…pray, pray, pray.

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