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John 21:1-19 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: May 5


On this Third Sunday of Easter, we read from the Gospel according to John and reflect on the post-resurrection story of Jesus and his disciples at the Sea of Galilee. In the days after Jesus' death and resurrection, we find the disciples doing what they had known before they followed Jesus: fishing. Into their "old familiar" world, Jesus again enters in to both teach and challenge them about their future life of ministry. We will reflect on the different reactions of the disciples to Jesus, particularly looking at what it means to focus on a "life of prayer and relationship with Christ" or to focus on a "life of action and discipleship in the works of Christ's mercy and compassion toward others." Can modern Christians do both?


Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to John. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (John 21:1-19).


For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the Scripture lesson for the day (link is above). As you imagine the reaction of the disciples present in this story, what part does each disciple play in revealing and recognizing that Jesus is Lord?

  • Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, and reflect on the act of Jesus providing food for his followers. What meaning do you associate with the act of Jesus feeding his disciples in this story?

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below, and reflect on the thoughtful and spiritual reaction of the "beloved disciple" and the "action taking" reaction of Peter as he jumps out of the boat and goes to his Lord. What part do you believe "prayerful" relationships have and what part do "action taking" faith have in your relationship with Christ? Do you agree with the author that "neither understanding nor action alone constitutes authentic faith" or do you believe the author's statement puts one's faith "in a box" that might constrain how people respond to Jesus in their life?

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, and reflect on the author's statement, "Feeding the Lord's sheep is a tangible way of staying in relationship with the Lord." How do you "feed the Lord's sheep" in your daily life?

  • Read the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below, and reflect on what aspects of your faith are similar to Peter's action-taking and what aspects of your faith are more like the prayerful reflections of the "beloved disciple."


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