Also known as Low Sunday

Why Low Sunday? The term seems to have no theological implications. It simply describes a return to ‘normality’ after the powerful events of Holy Week and Easter. Let us dwell upon one of the resurrection appearances, one which shows that, even when we fall to temptation, there is forgiveness and we can still serve. You can find the full story at https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Peter.html

This involves St Peter, one of the very first disciples to be called by Jesus. He seems to have been a contagiously impetuous fisherman, and it was he who first declared: ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ Yet it was he who, while Jesus was being tried in Jerusalem, three times denied knowing him, weeping bitterly when he realised what he had done.

Some days after the Easter resurrection, Peter and some other disciples were fishing when they recognised Jesus standing on the shore. They landed with great amazement and joy, and Jesus asked Peter three times ‘Do you love me?’ to which Peter replied ‘Lord, you know that I love you.’ Jesus then said to him ‘Feed my sheep’. (See: https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-Peter-do-you-love-me.html ) Peter’s threefold denial on the eve of Christ’s crucifixion is not mentioned, but the significance of his threefold affirmation is clear. There is forgiveness and hope for us all! There is good cause for Easter joy!

At this point, the church starts to look forward to Ascension Day, forty days after Easter. In 2019 it is on 30th May. This is when we celebrate Christ’s ascending to heaven. For more, see: https://www.gotquestions.org/Ascension-Day.html