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Easter 03: May 5, 2019 • Gospel Text: John 21:1-19

Admonish The Sinner

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, by Raphael, 1515

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, by Raphael, 1515

Proclamation for Today

by Rev. Dr. Clint Schnekloth

What is the right way to admonish? What is effective? What is faithful? A few year’s back, the National Catholic Register posted a remarkable article on Pope Francis and the way to admonish sinners in a Christian context. Mid-article, they offer this from the Pope:

“Harsh and divisive language does not befit the tongue of a pastor; it has no place in [their] heart; although it may momentarily seem to win the day, only the enduring allure of goodness and love remains truly convincing.”

The article goes on to point out how repeatedly the pope admonishes even the most abject sinners as “siblings” rather than as enemies. He met intimately and familially with Fidel Castro, then also with Barack Obama, then also with the US Bishops, then with Congress, in each case he found a point of connection with them, and any challenges he offered were contextualized as “a brother among brothers,” “a brother of this nation,” “a son of this continent.”

This brings us to the gospel for today. Notice the steps Jesus takes after his resurrection to confirm and re-affirm his familial relationship with the disciples. First, he goes fishing, and they join him. Then, he cooks breakfast for them. So he joins them in their shared work, and follows the work with a shared meal. He convinces with the enduring allure of goodness and love.

Then, and only then, does Jesus offer his admonition. But even the admonition is offered in the selfless truly convincing framework of love. Three times he asks Peter if he loves him. Three times Peter answers “Yes,” although by the third time, he feels hurt. Notice how this works, though. Peter is not hurt because Jesus speaks harshly, is unkind, or chastises him. He’s hurt only because the question is asked three times. But of course, this questioning three times is essential for Peter’s own healing and preparation for what is to follow. It is healing, because it allows Peter to confess his love three times, thus over-writing his threefold denial prior to the crucifixion.

But it also prepares him for the repeated trials that would follow, all the while giving Peter guidance on what to do in the meantime. Feed Christ’s sheep. Here, as in many other ways, the Pope models himself on the office instituted in Peter. He admonishes sinners by reminding them that his responsibility, together with all his siblings, is to feed Christ’s sheep.

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Historical Exegetical Resources

LIV.25-43; Tatian's Diatessaron (c. 150-160)

I.5PaedagogusClement of Alexandria (c 200)

Chapter XVScorpiace, Tertullian (c. 213)

II.XLVAgainst Celsus, Origen. (c.246)

On the Unity of the ChurchCyprian of Carthage (c. 250)

From Wesley's Notes


Contemporary Resources

Quotable Quote RCL Image (copyright 2018)
Her vision of the world under the water represented a beautiful stillness, a version of heaven. It was the lost city of Lena, her alternate universe, the life she yearned for but didn’t get to have.
— Ann Brashares, Sisterhood Everlasting
Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.
— Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Food For Thought Image RCL (copyright 2018)

The Exegesis of Resurrection (Blog post)

"Two Things Everyone Needs," David Lose, ...in the meantime, 2014

The Truett Pulpit, Dr. Preston Clegg, pastor, Second Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2016

"Going Fishing," Bob Cornwall, Ponderings on a Faith Journey, 2016

"Mining for Love," Debra Dean Murphy, Intersections, 2010

Ex Nihilo and its connection with resurrection (Blog)


A Good Read: Resurrection of Jesus in Christian Art


The Resurrection of Jesus has long been central to Christian faith and Christian art, whether as a single scene or as part of a cycle of the Life of Christ. In the teachings of the traditional Christian churches, the sacraments derive their saving power from the passion and resurrection of Christ, upon which the salvation of the world entirely depends.[1] The redemptive value of the resurrection has been expressed through Christian art, as well as being expressed in theological writings…




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Dramatic Reading of the Text

Readers: Narrator, Peter, Jesus, Disciples, John

Narrator: After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them,

Peter: “I am going fishing.”

Narrator: They said to him,

Disciples: “We will go with you.”

Narrator: They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them,

Jesus: “Children, you have no fish, have you?”

Narrator: They answered him,

Disciples: “No.”

Narrator: He said to them,

Jesus: “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.”

Narrator: So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter,

John: “It is the Lord!”

Narrator: When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them,

Jesus: “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”

Narrator: So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them,

Narrator: Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,

Jesus: “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

Narrator: He said to him,

Peter: “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.”

Narrator: Jesus said to him,

Jesus: “Feed my lambs.”

Narrator: A second time he said to him,

Jesus: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Narrator: He said to him,

Peter: “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.”

Narrator: Jesus said to him,

Jesus: “Tend my sheep.”

Narrator: He said to him the third time,

Jesus: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Narrator: Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him,

Peter: “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”

Narrator: Jesus said to him,

Jesus: “Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.”

Narrator: (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him,

Jesus: “Follow me.”

Pronunciation Guide

Tiberias: ti -BIHR-ee-uhs