Our gospel gives us an account of a day in the life of Jesus shortly after his resurrection. He finds and does a quick repeat of the miracle of catching a large number of fish then shares a meal with the disciples who are gathered. The main body of this account centers on Jesus speaking with Peter, the same Peter who had denied him three times on Maundy Thursday. And three times Jesus gives direction for Peter going forward in carrying on the work of Jesus. "Feed my lambs. Tend my sheep. Feed my sheep.” Jesus reminds Peter and us that faithful living of the gospel is not passive, but active.
But, as you see from my title, I'm focusing on the apostle Paul today. If you look ahead in our lectionary schedule, you'll see that we'll be reading from the book of Acts for weeks in the future. And the central figure of Acts, other than the actions of the Holy Spirit, is Paul.