THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR C
1st May 2022
Acts 5:27-32,40-41; Apocalypse 5:11-14; John 21:1-19.
The sense of accomplishment and fulfilment of Peter and the apostles in the first reading is of interest in today’s liturgy. It is obvious that they were able to stand up to the High Priest because of their faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They left the presence of the High Priest fulfilled and accomplished to have had the honour of suffering humiliation for the sake of the name. How can we be fulfilled and accomplished in the modern world through faith in the resurrection?
I am currently reading a book titled RESONANCE by a German sociologist, Hartmut Rosa. His argument “is that life is a matter of the quality of one’s relationship to the world, i.e. the ways in which one experiences and positions oneself with respect to the world, the quality of one’s appropriation of the world.” A sense of fulfilment and accomplishment in the modern world will depend on our relationship with our world. The full potentials of our Christian life are realized through our relationship with our world. It is in the world that we must witness to Jesus Christ. Jesus can assist us through the power of his resurrection. He demonstrated this in the gospel when in his risen self he directed Peter and some of the apostles to pay out their net for a catch after previous unsuccessful attempts. They made a huge catch that directed their minds back to the mission of the gospel.
Our world has a way of directing our minds to God. In his vision recorded in the second reading, John heard all the living things in creation – everything that lives in the air, and on the ground, and under the ground, and in the sea, crying, ‘To the One who is sitting on the throne and to the Lamb, be all praise, honour, glory and power, for ever and ever.’ Our world radiates the glory of God. Despite the tragedies that characterize our modern world, it is by connecting to it through faith in the resurrection that we can find fulfilment and accomplishment like the apostles. The risen Lord turned the apostles’ previous unsuccessful attempts into a bountiful catch of fish. Faith in the resurrection means that Jesus rose above every human tragedy. Arming ourselves with this conviction, takes our minds beyond these tragedies to the peaceful and calm world originally created by God.
Fr Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.