May 1, 2022

C23: The Third Sunday of Easter, Year C (2022)

Amy Starr Redwine

“Each of the gospels has different versions of the grief Jesus’s followers experienced after their beloved teacher died. In the version we heard today from John 21:1-19, the disciples have already seen the resurrected Jesus, not once, but twice…and yet…they don’t know what to do,” says Amy Starr Redwine, pastor of Richmond’s First Presbyterian Church. She continues, “The disciples…go fishing out of humble agitation…And the story ends with the disciples experiencing humility of gratitude: Jesus has met them where they are and given them what they needed, and invited them to contribute what they can.” How does Jesus show himself to us today? Redwine says, “…the way he did from the very beginning: with grace upon grace, with astonishing abundance, with the invitation to follow him.”

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