St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Chicago at St. Ailbe Church

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You Are Witnesses of These Things

Third Sunday of Easter

Lord, You Know That I Love You!

Where do you expect to find Jesus? Where and to whom does he appear?

We continue to hear today from the “Resurrection Stories,” the scriptural accounts of the appearances of the Risen Christ. He continues to surprise his followers, appearing sometimes when they least expect him. “It is the Lord!”

Today’s passage from John tells the story of Jesus preparing breakfast for his followers on the shore. It includes a miraculous catch of fish, which they can barely haul ashore. The passage concludes with the encounter between Peter and Jesus: “Peter, do you love me more than these?” He is asked three times, and three times responds, “Lord, you know that I love you.” And Jesus challenged him to “feed my Sheep!” We are asked the same question and given the same challenge as Peter: “Follow me!”

Christ Is Risen!

Easter Sunday

Rise from the Dead! What does it really mean to RISE FROM THE DEAD?

While the answer seems so obvious, the reality is almost beyond belief! Many times when Jesus would predict his passion and death, AND RISING FROM THE DEAD, his disciples would wonder and discuss among themselves what this might mean.

We profess to believe in the RESSURECTION FROM THE DEAD, a rising to a new and never-ending life with a perfect body that is beyond all imagining! As the Gospel Resurrection stories attest, it would take awhile before his followers would grasp the reality of the Resurrection and allow it to change their lives. Once it did, they lost fear and began to go out to spread the Good News of Jesus!

Have we yet grasped what the Resurrection fully means? Once we do, we too will be able to lose our fear to go out and Spread the Good News of Jesus! This is what New Life and Easter Joy are all about! 

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