Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter

Do you love me?

We continue the post-resurrection appearances of the Lord to the disciples, this Sunday John places us back beside the Sea of Galilee, where some of the apostles have returned to their old way of life.

The specific issue for Peter is trying to re-establish his relationship with Jesus which had gone so badly wrong the night Jesus was arrested when his ‘Rock’ had run off and denied even knowing him. We can see in the way Jesus repeats the question ‘Do you love me?’ the gift of reaffirming the truth of their relationship, not the failure that Peter is holding onto.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.



Jesus called out, ‘Have you caught anything friends?’ And when they answered, ‘No’, he said, ‘Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.’ So they dropped the net, and there were so many fish that they could not haul it in. The disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.’ (John 21:5-7)

  • Have you ever felt a sense of failure?
  • How you react when people give you advice?
  • What convinces you that the Lord is present?
  • What advice is the Lord giving you now?



After the meal Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?’ He answered ‘Yes Lord, you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him feed my lambs. (John 21:15)

  • What does saying ‘I love you’ really mean?
  • How do we really know if another person really means the words ‘I love you’?
  • How do you feed the lambs in your life?
  • Let the Lord ask you the question ‘Do you love me?’



Then he said to him a third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was upset that he asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and said, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’ (John 21:17)

  • What would you think if someone asked you the same question three times?
  • What is actually upsetting Peter?
  • What role do you play in looking after the flock of Christ?
  • Let the Lord who know everything ask you again, ‘Do you love me.



In my vision, I, John, heard the sound of an immense number of angels gathered round the throne and the animals and the elders; there were ten thousand times ten thousand of them and thousands upon thousands shouting, ‘The Lamb that was sacrificed is worthy to be given power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessing.’ (Apocalypse 5:11-12)

  • What would your vision of heaven be like?
  • What are you able to give the Lamb who was sacrificed for you?
  • Reflect on all God has done for you.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his love for you.



I will praise you Lord, you have rescued me and have not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead, restored me to life from those who sink into the grave. (Psalm 29:2-4)

  • When have you felt rescued?
  • When have you felt restored to life?
  • What do you still need rescued from?
  • Listen to the Lord who raises you up.



The Lord listened and had pity. The Lord came to my help. For me you have changed my mourning into dancing; O Lord my God, I will thank you forever. (Psalm 29:11-13)

  • When has the Lord come to your help?
  • What do you wish the Lord to listen to currently?
  • What do you want to thank the Lord for?
  • Let the Lord speak his word of comfort and pity to you.



Peter and the apostles said, ‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men; it was the God of our ancestors who raised up Jesus, but it was you who had him executed by hanging from a tree. By his own right hand God has now raised him up to be leader and saviour, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins through him to Israel. We are witnesses to all this.  (Acts 5:29-32)

  • How do you feel about obedience to God or others?
  • Reflect on the titles given to Jesus: ‘leader and saviour’.
  • How do you witness to the Lord?
  • Listen to the Lord as he speaks his word of invitation to you.

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