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April 7th, 2002

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Second Sunday of Easter


This epilogue to John's gospel adding another of appearance of Jesus after the resurrection, this time in Galilee and to some of his disciples as they were fishing, is considered by most scholars to have been added after the original gospel was written. If so, it probably was not too long after that since it is found in all copies of that gospel. The story builds on the multiplication of loaves and fishes and also gives Peter an opportunity to repent the three times he denied Jesus. The importance of receiving a commission while eating together also highlights the significance of communal gatherings for the followers of Jesus. The disciples are presented as needing this experience in order to understand that their previous employment as fishermen has been replaced by the commission to feed the lambs and sheep

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Once upon a time there was a college basketball player who was very good and very lazy. He felt he was so good that he didn't need to practice. Even without practice he was all conference and second team all American. The coach always pushed him to practice his free throw, but since his free throw rate was 92%, he didn't work very had on it. Also he was not very responsible about staying in good condition. He did all the workouts he had to do and not one thing more. Well, didn't they make it into the NCAA and even to the elite eight. One more victory and they'd be in the final four, the first time ever that a team from their college got that far. Our hero was worn out from the long season. The game went into overtime. He was so exhausted that he could hardly move up and down the floor. With ten seconds to go they were down by one point. He drove the full length of the floor, jumped up in the air and was brutally fouled by a player on the other time (though if he were in better condition he would have made the shot despite the foul. Two free throws, one to tie and one to win. You know what? He missed them both! Later he apologized to the coach. It's all my fault. If I had listened to you and been more responsible we would have won. That's all right, kid, said the coach. You've learned an important lesson about life.

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