3rd Sunday of Easter (C)

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Papal Homilies

Pope Francis

March 13, 2013 – Present

APRIL 10, 2016

The Third Apparition of the Risen Jesus to the Disciples

Christ is truly risen! Today too, the Church continues to make this joyous message resound…

Today’s Gospel recounts the third apparition of the Risen Jesus to the disciples, with the account of the miraculous catch on the shore of the lake of Galilee (cf. Jn 21:1-19). The narrative is situated in the context of the everyday life of the disciples, who returned to their land and to their work as fishermen, after the shocking days of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord. It was difficult for them to understand what had taken place. Even though everything seemed finished, Jesus “seeks” his disciples once more. It is He who goes to seek them. This time he meets them at the lake, where they have spent the night in their boats catching nothing. The nets appear empty, in a certain sense, like the tally of their experience with Jesus: they met him, they left everything to follow him, full of hope… and now? Yes, they saw he was risen, but then they were thought: “He went away and left us…. It was like a dream…”.

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SOURCE: The Holy See Archive at the Vatican Website © Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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April 14, 2013

The Apostles’ First Preaching

“We must obey God rather than men.”

I would like to reflect briefly on the passage from the Acts of the Apostles that is read in the Liturgy of this Third Sunday of Easter. This text says that the Apostles’ first preaching in Jerusalem filled the city with the news that Jesus was truly risen in accordance with the Scriptures and was the Messiah foretold by the Prophets. The chief priests and elders of the city were endeavouring to crush the nascent community of believers in Christ and had the Apostles thrown into jail, ordering them to stop teaching in his name. But Peter and the other Eleven answered: “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus… exalted him at at his right hand as Leader and Saviour… And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him” (Acts 5:29-32). They therefore had the Apostles scourged and once again ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus. And they went away, as Scripture says, “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonour for the name” of Jesus (v. 41).

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SOURCE: The Holy See Archive at the Vatican Website © Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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3rd Sunday of Easter

Pope Benedict XVI

April 19, 2005 – February 28, 2013

April 18, 2010

Apostolic Journey to Malta

The particular devotion of the Maltese people to the Mother of God, expressed with great fervour to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu

When you give thanks, when you have particular prayer intentions, and when you seek heavenly protection for your loved ones, it is your custom to turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church and our Mother. I am aware of the particular devotion of the Maltese people to the Mother of God, expressed with great fervour to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu and so I am pleased to have the opportunity to pray before her image, brought here specially from Gozo for this occasion. I am also delighted to present a Golden Rose to her, as a sign of our shared filial affection for the Mother of God. I ask you in particular to pray to her under the title Queen of the Family, a title added to the Litany of Loreto by my beloved predecessor, Pope John Paul II, himself on more than one occasion a visitor to these shores. In offering you this tangible memento of my own visit, I thank you for all that I have received from you in return, especially for the warmth of your devotion and the support of your prayers for my ministry as the Successor of Peter.

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SOURCE: The Holy See Archive at the Vatican Website © Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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3rd Sunday of Easter

Pope Saint John Paul II

October 16, 1978 – April 2, 2005

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