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Third Sunday of Easter C
April 14, 2013

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Engaged

Kavanaugh, S. J.


Pause a moment. There is something great stirring here. Have you or I ever uttered those words to another? “Do you love me?” Most of us, once beyond childhood, are terrified at the thought of asking such a question.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Competition Among Disciples

Insights from Mediterranean culture highlight how untidy and confusing the early circle of believers really was. Competition was rife; this was culturally normal.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Augustine of Hippo

We may wonder what advantage there could be for Christ in Peter’s love for him. If Christ loves you, you profit, not Christ; and if you love him, again the advantage is yours, not his.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.


This Gospel replays these two aspects. The coming emphasizes the importance for John and his early Christian community of the Sacraments of Initiation. Baptism, Reconciliation, the Eucharist, and Confirmation, are the four steps to the seeing of Jesus.

Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Without the Spirit, the word becomes a dead formula, no longer speaking meaningfully to the contemporary situation, while without the word, the Spirit becomes uncontrolled enthusiasm divorced from the original witness to the Christ-event.