Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’ They replied, ‘We’ll come with you.’ They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night.
It was light by now and there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus. 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.’ At these words ‘It is the Lord’, Simon Peter, who had practically nothing on, wrapped his cloak round him and jumped into the water. The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net and the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land.
As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there, and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. Jesus said, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples was bold enough to ask, ‘Who are you?’; they knew quite well it was the Lord. Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead. John 21
Picture from the Walters Art Museum, used with their kind permission. This page from Walters manuscript W.106 depicts Christ Appears at Lake Tiberias. Walters manuscript W.106 is an exquisite volume comprising twenty-four leaves of Bible Pictures by W. de Brailes, an English artist active in Oxford in the middle of the 13th century.
Canon Paul writes:
As Simon Peter steps ashore after the miraculous catch of fish, which St. John describes in today’s Gospel, I imagine that he would have been the first to spot the charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. Perhaps it was the smell of cooking fish blowing out to sea that made him feel ready for some breakfast and brought the fire to his attention, but for Peter, there would have been a greater significance.
The fire would have reminded Peter of another charcoal fire in Jerusalem at the palace of Caiaphas where Jesus was being questioned the night before he died. The servants, the guards and Peter were warming themselves as it was a cold night. When asked by a servant if he was a disciple of Jesus, he denied it and the cock crew, as Jesus said it would.
Now Peter emerges from complete denial to an act of faith in Jesus as his risen Lord. In the journey from Jerusalem to Galilee and his experience of the death and resurrection of Jesus he has repented and can now enter into a relationship of love with Jesus which, as evidenced by the miraculous catch, will bring his weak and puny efforts to abundance and glory. As he confesses his love for Jesus his life is brought to the possibility of fulfilment and he is commissioned to continue the Lord’s work.
Today’s Gospel invites us all to continue our own journey into a deeper and deeper love for Jesus. Our own denial of him in sinfulness will give way, through repentance, to an experience of his love which will bring peace and an abundance of goodness which we cannot achieve by our own efforts. PJT
Today – Sunday 10th April
Monthly Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be at 12:15, in St Peter’s Winchester. Afterwards, all Clergy, Parish Staff and Parishioners are invited to Afternoon Tea at the nearby Winchester Royal Hotel, Lounge Area.
Monday 11th April – Fr. Tom will be holding an open follow-up meeting at 7.00pm to reflect on the Holy Week ceremonies at St. Gregory’s Pastoral Hall.
Wednesday 13th April – Catholicism: A Vast Company of Witnesses. The story of the Church is told in the examples of those men and women who dedicated their lives to knowing and serving Jesus Christ. Robert Barron considers some great examples: Katharine Drexel, Therese of Lisieux, Edith Stein and Mother Theresa. 7.30-9.30pm in the Pastoral Centre. Contact: email@example.com if you want to know more.
Wednesday, 13th April – Calling all parish singers and musicians – All parish singers and musicians who would like to be involved in the music for the Parish Mission will meet in St. Peter’s Church at 7.30pm. All singers and musicians welcome.
Thursday, 14th April – Pie Club will be happening in the Pastoral Centre from 12.45 – 2.30ish. Two course home-cooked meal – a pie, and then proper pudding with custard, with vegetarian and GF options. Great food, great company & conversation, and a talk afterwards. This is a drop-in event – all are welcome. Come along and see what we get up to…. Contact Moira firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or special requests.
Thursday, 14th April – Ecumenical Prayer for Christians and other minorities in the Middle East – Monthly Prayers for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the sufferings of Christians and other minorities. April’s theme will be Israel/Palestine. Resources for reflection and prayer will be available. Prayer will be in the Lady Chapel in St Peter’s from 6.00 to 6.45pm. All are very welcome to join in solidarity with those suffering in these continuing conflicts – it is always very encouraging to welcome new people! Our Reflections and Prayers for the previous year are still available in booklet form. We ask for donations for this to go to a Charity such as ‘Aid to the Church in Need’ or ‘Embrace the Middle East’.
Thursday 14th April for 8 weeks – SYCAMORE How can I find true happiness? What is the meaning of life? Does God exist? Who is Jesus Christ? Come join us on an 8 week course using videos dealing with topics such as the Holy Spirit, the Church, the Bible, the Christian Tradition, faith, prayer, love, vocation, and the purpose of life. In the Pastoral Centre commencing with a meal at 7.00pm and will be finished by 9.00pm. Share your own ideas and questions without fear of being judged. If you haven’t been to church for a while, or want to find out more, please do come along.
Saturday 16th April: All Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are invited to attend a morning with Fr. Tom in the Pastoral Centre . The morning will begin after 9.00am Mass and will conclude by lunchtime. There will be ample time for tea/coffee during the morning. Please let Gillian Barry know by Monday April 11th if you are able to attend. Contact us
Sunday 17th April – Breakfast and Elevenses – Take the opportunity to meet your fellow Mass-goers with Bacon Butties after the 8.00am Mass and butties, buns & cake after the 10.30am Mass (when there will also be a cake sale). Suggested donation is only £1.00. This is being organised jointly between the Evangelisation Strategy Group and The Catholic Women’s League.
London Marathon 2016
Parishioner Laura Pellegrini writes: Alongside my studies, I enjoy working in jobs where I can put principles of my faith into practice by working to help and support people. One of these jobs is working for a charity called SOVA who help rehabilitate offenders and get them back on the straight and narrow, as well as making communities safer. This year, I have chosen to run the London Marathon 2016 for them in order to help them with their much needed fundraising. Please support Laura and SOVA by donating towards the cause.
Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love
Bishop Peter Doyle of Nottingham praised Pope Francis’ realism about peoples’ situations and “his emphasis on inclusion rather than exclusion” in his just-released post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the family, ‘Amoris Laetitia’. Bishop Doyle was one of two British prelates representing England and Wales at the 2015 Synod on the Family in the Vatican. He is also the chair of the Marriage and Family Life Committee for the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Listen to the interview with Bishop Peter Doyle of Nottingham on Vatican Radio.
Read the full document and a helpful summary of Amoris Laetitia on the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales website.