The Cayman Islands are within the ancient Episcopal Jurisdiction
of The Bishop of London granted him by the Crown in 1634
St Alban’s (Grand Cayman) & St Mary’s (Cayman Brac)
Church & Office - 461 Shedden Road
P O Box 719, Grand Cayman KY1-1103, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Tel (345) 949 2757
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Acts 9: 1-20 Revelation 5: 11-end S. John 21: 1-19
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm Evening Prayer
This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Sat 10 am Prison Ministry
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Ch School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm EP
Second Sunday after Easter
Almighty God, who hast given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an ensample of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: CALL- FALL- RECALL
Peter’s at the heart of today’s gospel story. Jesus has been risen from the dead for some time by now. The disciples seem to have gone back to their old jobs for a while as we meet them up north in Galilee, fishing on the lake.
Given all that went on in Jerusalem you could be forgiven for thinking that Jesus might be better off without them. He’d prepared them for their mission and spent three years getting them ready, teaching them day in and day out. Then when it came to the crunch, as he was facing his trial, they all deserted him. Peter famously denied three times that he even knew him. His northern accent nearly gave him away.
Yet the risen Jesus revisits the old haunts of Galilee, the same place that he had multiplied the loaves and fish. Once again some sort of miracle takes place as the fishermen catch a huge haul of fish, and once more they share a meal on the banks of the lake like they had done on that glorious day with the 5,000 people in the crowd.
Peter, like you and me, had been called by Jesus. He’d been given a mission, to tell the world that God has a plan for living that puts all other ways of life in the shade. To believe in Jesus is to light the blue touch paper. Like you and me Peter was found wanting. He turned his back on Jesus when things got hot and he deserted him for the quiet life, the life that he’d known before meeting Jesus.
What does Jesus do? He simply asks Peter whether or not he loves him. Three times, as many times as Peter had denied him. And when Peter professes his devotion Jesus reinstates him, telling him to feed his sheep, to look after those entrusted to him.
Call, fall and recall: the story of our lives. In our hearts we want to serve the God who has called us, yet we so often fail, giving up when something seemingly more attractive comes along. We’re not evil, just unreliable. Like Peter.
And the supreme way that we are recalled by this risen Lord, who constantly comes to raise us up again, is by eating and drinking with him. Not merely bread and fish, but his risen body and blood.
WORD OF GOD
"Do you love Me more than these?" "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." "Feed My lambs." (S.John 21:15)
WORD FOR TODAY
How do we know if we really do love God? Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him and then tells him to “feed my sheep”. The way we take care of each other, the way we feed God’s sheep, is the benchmark that determines how genuine our love of God is.
PERHAPS IT IS NO COINCIDENCE that the number of fish caught in the net was 153. At the time of Christ it was thought that there were exactly that number of species of fish. The implication is that no one was to be left out of the disciples’ quest as “fishers of men”.
EVEN THE MOST CURSORY GLANCE at the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus reveals that most took place in the context of a meal. And is it not fitting, then, that Christians should look for their risen Lord first and foremost in the celebration of his Supper? (Margot Russell)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Exodus 19, Luke 1: 1-25, Ehesians 1: 1-14
Tues: Exodus 20 : 1-21, Luke 1: 26-38, Ephesians 1: 15-end
Wed: Exodus 24, Luke 1: 39-56, Ephesians 2: 1-10
Thurs: Exod 25: 1-22, Luke 1: 57-end, Ephesians 2: 11-end
Fri: Exod 28: 1-4a, 29-38, Luke 2: 1-20, Ephesians 3: 1-13
Sat: Exod 29: 1-9, Luke 2: 21-40, Ephesians 3: 14-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Acts 9: 36-end, Revelation 7: 9-end, S. John 10: 22-30