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:C 1995 The Mes_=_ge -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 y Commentary -- A chapter is added: Peter goes fishing J eo entary for F---- --   because up to now in this gospel Since the story began with a fishing trip headed ril 30, Third Sunday I [-- ---- I nothing had been said connecting by Peter and included a large catch offish, we might Cycle C, John 21:1.19. HI  I  Simon Peter with fishing. Peter is have expected the author to continue the fishing I I i:' ]  joined by others though he is obvi- theme in the commissioning of Peter as Luke did in spel of John at one time I I  I  ously the chief actor in these sto- his gospel. In Luke, after Peter and his partners a statement by the au- I I  I I ries. The little group of disciples snare a great catch of fish at Jesus' command, Jesus as clearly intended as the ] ] :] I  fished all night but caught noth- says to Peter alone: "From now on you will catch aen.t. Chapter 21 was I I  I I ing. At daybreak, Jesus is stand- people." Jesus makes a similar statement to Peter '. mce most of the mate- ] lJll I ing on the shore. He asks them if and Andrew in the gospels of Mark and Matthew. additional chapter is ]  I  they caught anything. The an- But here in John the symbolism changes from fish- Peter, we may concl:de I   :;:y ::tte igt #::13:hm erman to shepherd. In chapter 10 of the Gospel of / tR I t.need at the end B John Jesus spoke of himself as the Good Shepherd. to add "Petrine" ma- DI DILG Their net is soon filled ruth fish. Jesus stood in place of Yahweh who in the Old Tes- a question about | COLUMNIST I The one who is called "the Beloved tament declares himself to be shepherd of his sheep. as chief among  Disciple" in the Gospel of John Now Peter stands inplace of Jesus. The lambs and his functions his death? Was the Christian and in need of a central authority practice? rchy, the system in which one has the final authority in a evolving at that time. At the same tOWards the end of the first century, A.D., at Rome to the Church at .Seems to claim authority for the Church at establish order in the Corinthian Church by disunity. The three Letters of that time, indicate a Christian ' tOrn apart and in need of a central au- of doctrine. Perhaps Chapter 21 was one attempt to establish 1 for an ongoing Petrine authority or Church. (Matthew did it quite differ- m of keys. In Luke, Jesus at the Last Supper that he will be the his brethren.) begins Simon Peter decides to go remarkable in the Gospel of John recognizes Jesus: "It is the Lord." A naked Peter wraps something around himself and jumps into the sea, while the others drag the net full of fish to land. Jesus already had a fire going and was baking fish for breakfast. They count their catch of fish, 153 big ones. Jesus in- vites them to breakfast. After breakfast Jesus asks Simon Peter three times: "Do you love me?" Peter answers with a strong affirmative each time. After each answer Jesus commissions Peter with the words: "Feed my sheep (lambs)." The triple question, triple answer, and triple commission probablyare meant to re- spond to Peter's triple denial of Jesus earlier in the gospel. The one who three times publicly denied even knowing Jesus has now publicly affirmed his love for Jesus. Peter has been restored. Not only has he been restored to love of Jesus but he alone in this gospel is commissioned to feed Jesus' lambs and sheep. The story then ends with a statement of Jesus about the kind of death with which Peter would glorify God, a statement usually interpreted as meaning that Peter, like Jesus, was crucified. sheep are however still the lambs and sheep of Jesus, not of Peter. He must feed them as Jesus himself would feed them. "I know mine and mine know me. I lay down my life for my sheep." Thus we see why the story of Peter's commissioning ends with a reference to his martyrdom. In the evolution of the Church as an institution the function of Peter as shepherd came to rest upon the bishop of Rome to the extent that the greater part of the universal Christian Church came to be called the Roman Catholic Church. The several hun- dred men who have functioned in Peter's place have reflected the various portrayals of Peter in the gospels, weak and strong, sinner and saint, some be- traying their office while others honored it. They are a reflection of ourselves, for they are one of us. We all have the qualities of Peter, sometimes weak, sometimes strong, doubting but again believing, falling but again rising. It is all part of the struggle as we do our best to take to heart the final words of Jesus in today's gospel: "FOLLOW ME." Readings: Acts 5:27.32, 40b-41; Rev 5: l 114. :: Four Locations ZIEMER-SHEAF;S EAST CHAPEL SO0 S. HEBRON AVE HOUSE APRIL 29, 1995 >rogram ors a : Peribr Christian-based education dedicated to developing the whole person. 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