My homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year C. This was preached during my sabbatical leave at a location outside my usual preaching locations. This particular occasion was a 5pm Saturday evening Mass.
The readings proclaimed were Acts 5:27-32, 40-41; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19. Today’s psalm is Psalm 29: “I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.”
“The disciples had returned to their previous lives; they had returned to what they had been about before encountering Jesus in the same place as today’s Gospel account. When Jesus appears to them, especially to Peter, the mantle of pastoral leadership of ‘The Good Shepherd’ is passed on to those who would now be responsible for continuing Jesus’ mission in the world. As that mantle passes from Jesus to Peter, the task of proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom becomes the responsibility of the disciples, and our responsibility in this time and this place.”