Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday of Easter

Posted 13th April 2013 in Pastor's Desk

Feed My SheepWelcome everyone. In our First Reading today from the Acts of the Apostles we see a very different group of men to the ones who gathered in fear in the Upper Room during the passion & death of our Lord. Now they fearlessly proclaim their faith in Jesus to the very people who had the power to have them killed. The Gospel is an even more powerful scene. Post Resurrection, the apostles head off fishing at Peter’s suggestion. It was like a reconnection with their former lives. They catch nothing as was the case when they first met Jesus and once again He appears to them and asks them to cast out their nets for a catch. On realising the size of the haul, Peter runs to the Risen Jesus. Last week I spoke of how Jesus does not recount the failings of the Apostles but merely says to them, “Peace be with you”. Today He elicits a threefold commitment from Peter to look after the new community of faith which of course cancels out Peter’s triple denial of knowing Jesus on that first Holy Thursday night.

SHARE Sunday

As well as being the Third Sunday of Easter, today is also SHARE Sunday here in the diocese of Dublin. As parishioners are aware, we take up a collection most Sundays in support of SHARE during Mass. Today we have a letter from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to be read at all Masses where he speaks about how that money is dispersed. The SHARE newsletter gives more financial details. I want to thank you for your continued support of the SHARE collection which is administered centrally by the Finance Secretariat of Archbishop’s House. For the year ended 30th June 2012, this parish contributed €36,748 a sign of great generosity in financially difficult times.

Fr. Eoin

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