Cycle C

Good News C22

Third Sunday of Easter


 John 21:1-19 New American Bible


John 21:1-19 Bible Gateway New International Version;&version=31;



After Jesus visited them two different times, the apostles get a little braver.  Maybe after a couple of weeks, they might have run out of food.  So Simon Peter decided to go fishing.  Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee's sons, James and John and two others of his disciples said they wanted to go with him. What if it was you?  Would you want to stay there in the upper room all by yourself, or would you rather be with your friends? Jesus had told them to be at peace. 

So they went with Simon Peter to fish.  They stayed out all night, but they didn’t catch anything at all.  Just as the sun was rising, a man on shore asked if they had caught anything.  They said, “Nothing at all.”  He told them to put their nets over the right side of the boat and they would catch some fish.  When they pulled up their net and saw how many fish was in it, John knew that the man on shore was Jesus.  Simon Peter was so excited to see Jesus that he jumped in the water and swam to shore. Jesus invited them to bring some of their fish to cook and to eat breakfast with him. 

At every meal we usually say a blessing.  Imagine at every meal, Jesus is saying, “Come and eat with me.” You may say, “Jesus hasn’t appeared in a thousand years or more.”  But Jesus appears to us.  Sometimes we don’t recognize him.  He is in your Mother who cooks a meal for you, even when she is so tired she cannot hold her head up straight.  Jesus is in your Father who works from dawn to dusk to earn money to buy food.  He is in your sister who shares her cake with you.  He is in your brother who taught you how to catch a baseball.  He is in your grandparents who spend time playing with you.  He is in the paramedic who took care of you and took you to the hospital when you broke your leg at soccer.  He is in the stranger you smiled at in the grocery store.   Jesus will be with you at every meal.  You just have to invite him to join you.


(Blessing before meals written music and words, PDF file)


(Hear it sung)


(Blessing after meals, written music and words, PDF file)


(Hear it sung)



Say the “Our Father.” Thank God for giving you what you need…food, clothing, shelter, money, rest, love, and forgiveness.  Thank God for sending his only begotten Son to show you how to to love…and how to forgive.   Rejoice and be glad because when it seems everything has gone wrong, if you have faith in God, he will lift you up with good things. 


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”




Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards