Reading John 21 from start to finish reveals a theme that one might otherwise gloss over: Before Jesus tells Peter to feed his sheep, Jesus feeds his sheep. In yesterday’s reading from the chapter, Jesus performs a miracle in which the disciples catch 153 fish. Jesus then prepares and serves these fish to Peter and the other disciples. Along with the fish, “Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them” (21:13), which reminds us of Jesus’ words during the last supper accounts in the other three Gospels. Only after Jesus feeds and communes with the disciples does he call Peter to feed others.

Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” and commands Peter to feed his lambs, to tend his sheep, and to feed his sheep. Jesus charges Peter with shepherding the flock, but Peter never ceases to be a sheep in need of communion with Christ, the living bread.

This is an important lesson for us as ministers, whether we are ordained or lay. Before we can feed others, we must be fed by Christ; after we become shepherds, we remain sheep in need of shepherding. Christ calls all of his disciples to continually become like little children, living in complete dependence upon him so that we can experience the reality of the kingdom of God. As we reflect upon our walk with Lord, let us pray to be both sheep and shepherd.

O Lord, renew in us a childlike dependence upon you, that we who seek to lead might ourselves be fed by the life-giving grace of the gospel through our shepherd, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
April 29—May 5, 2019
Resumen de la Escritura

Saul is one of the primary obstacles to the early spread of Christianity. The death and resurrection of Jesus does not fit his paradigm for the Messiah, so it cannot be true. It takes a miraculous intervention by Christ himself to change his mind. Psalm 30 reminds us that the light will always chase the darkness. We experience true suffering and true loss, but God can turn our mourning into dancing in God’s own timing. In Revelation, John takes us to the throne room of God, where angels and creatures proclaim the glory of the Lamb of God who has defeated death and reigns forever. Returning to the Gospel of John, we read more about Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances, which here include a seaside breakfast and a quiz for Peter.

Preguntas para la reflexión

Read Acts 9:1-20. Jesus’ resurrection calls us to an embodied faith. How do you bear the gospel?
Read Psalm 30. Recall a specific time when you depended on God.
Read Revelation 5:11-14. Have you ever worshiped the Lamb with your whole body? What keeps you from falling down to worship God?
Read John 21:1-19. The author reminds us that Jesus calls us to be shepherds and sheep. Which role do you most often fill? How can you take on a new leadership role or allow others to lead you?

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