LISTEN: Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Easter — Year C

Our readings this week are, at first glance, an odd selection and we might be forgiven for wondering how they relate. But after thinking about them for a while I think they in some way deal with the correct understanding of power – a power that builds up rather than breaks down, a power that serves rather than demands to be served, a power that liberates rather than one that controls, that offers a new hope rather than imprisoning one in one’s past. The power to recognize the one who really and truly has the power, our Lord and Saviour, the Risen Jesus Christ.

In a week when we are given power to decide the fate of our country for the next few years, join Matthew Charlesworth SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, and see how the charcoal and fish that Jesus prepares on the beach for his apostles represents the two opportunities Jesus offers each of us too: total forgiveness and an invitation to join Him, as He joins His Father, in a saving mission to love and to serve.

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts:
Acts 5:27-32, 40-41; Psalm 30; Revelation 5: 11-14; John 21:1-19

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Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and underwent the usual course of studies in his formation, which took him to such varied places as Canada, France, Ireland, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Whilst working at the Institute, Matthew managed the background technical aspects of much of the Institute's work and was involved in the Spirituality work, completing the Advanced Spiritual Directors Training Course and the Spiritual Exercises Training run by the Institute. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International and was also a part-time lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Augustine College of South Africa. He is currently the Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Southern Africa, based in Lusaka, Zambia. @mcharlesworth
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