3rd Sunday of Easter – Strong Faith in Hard Times

Yes-LordYou-know-that-I-love-you.

Study:  Reflect on an experience where your faith got you through a difficult time.  What (or who) in particular helped you?

Pray:  Offer up the needs of loved ones who are experiencing tough times right now.  Pray for them!

Serve:  Is there a way that you can offer fellowship or support for someone struggling?  How can you lighten their load?

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

3rd Sunday of Easter Readings

The power of Easter shines through the Scripture readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – The Disciples face persecution for their witness
  • Psalm – “I will praise you Lord, for you have rescued me.”
  • 2nd Reading – John’s vision of Heaven, where angels worship Christ
  • Gospel – Jesus asks Peter “Do you love me?” three times

The disciples, freed from fear, now boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.  In fact, they wear their hardships like badges of honor – “rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.” (Acts 5:41)

A key point emerges: being a Christian does not mean that life will be easy.  On the contrary!  Striving to live in a manner worthy of Christ means that we will stand out and at times face hostility because we seek to live a Godly life.  At times we will encounter obstacles, setbacks, personal failures, and perhaps even ridicule – yet even in our weaknesses and failures we draw on the strength of the Lord for grace, mercy, and life.

This strength is highlighted in the encounter between Jesus and Peter, which takes place on the shore of the Sea of Galilee after the resurrection.  Peter has to face the Lord (the one he betrayed three times) and confront his own personal failure as he meets his friend and Savior.  Coming to Jesus (who knows his heart) Peter admits his inadequacy even as he affirms his love for the Lord.

These readings give us hope!  In tough times or smooth sailing, we turn (and return) to Christ for the wisdom and guidance we need.  And if we fail, we fall facing Jesus, who will lift us back up with a grace and strength to help us in our adversity – asking only that we renew our love for the one who died and rose for our salvation.

About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at studyprayserve.com and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

2 responses to “3rd Sunday of Easter – Strong Faith in Hard Times

  • Wayne Stevenson

    Thank you Father Andy !!!!!!!!!! Your daily pod casts have helped me tremendously in my daily life!!! God’s Blessings to you !!!!!!!!

  • Paul LaLiberte

    Fr. Andrew
    Your reflections and faith filled observations are very spiritually uplifting and encouraging, but you don’t mention the power of the Holy Spirit as the fulfilling part of our commitment to being able to following Jesus. Even the apostles who lived and shared time with Jesus were not fully empowered until they were “baptized in the Holy Spirit”. Why don’t your reflections mention this “fact”…I say fact as some would think it was imagination…from my experience it is fact and in my opinion we need this fulfilled power now.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: