GOSPEL COMMUNION: Third Sunday of Easter

May 5 2019 : 3rd Sunday of Easter

The connection between today’s Gospel (John 21:1-19) and this antiphon scarcely needs pointing out. We like lambs are fed by the Lord in Communion, while also having in our minds echoes of the Lamb that was worthy to be slain in today’s 2nd Reading (Rev 5:11-14).

The psalm verses, extracted from Psalm 78, also take up other parts of the Gospel passage and the Easter season as a whole: reminiscences of the Red Sea crossing chime with the disciples fishing on the Sea of Tiberias, manna and other foods in the desert chime with the Lord giving the disciples breakfast by the sea, while the final stanza selected — “God brought forth the people like sheep; / guided them like a flock in the desert; / led them safely with nothing to fear, / while the sea engulfed their foes.” — ties all these threads together. We, too, are led safely with nothing to fear, if we place our trust in the Lord. Alleluia!

The antiphon text is adapted from the one set each year for the solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul, which this year occurs on Sunday June 30 .


  1. “Ss Peter and Paul, which this year occurs on Sunday June 30”
    It’s Saturday, June 29th according to the USCCB website.

    1. But I expect Mr Inwood is relying on the liturgical calendar for England and Wales, which places it on the Sunday this year because it’s a day of precept in that national liturgical calendar that is placed on the last Sunday of June.

      For the liturgical calendar of the USA, it displaces the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary this year.

    2. Thank you for the clarification. Indeed, I was thinking of England and Wales, where some holydays of obligation, occurring on a Saturday or Monday, are transferred to the Sunday — Epiphany, Peter and Paul, Assumption and All Saints. I had forgotten that Peter and Paul is not a holyday of obligation in the US.

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