First Reading: From the Acts of Apostles 25:13-21
Vrs13 Some days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea and paid their respects to Festus.
Vrs14 Their visit lasted several days, and Festus put Paul’s case before the king, saying, ‘There is a man here whom Felix left behind in custody,
Vrs15 and while I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and elders of the Jews laid information against him, demanding his condemnation.
Vrs16 But I told them that Romans are not in the habit of surrendering any man, until the accused confronts his accusers and is given an opportunity to defend himself against the charge.
Vrs17 So they came here with me, and I wasted no time but took my seat on the tribunal the very next day and had the man brought in.
Vrs18 When confronted with him, his accusers did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected;
Vrs19 but they had some argument or other with him about their own religion and about a dead man called Jesus whom Paul alleged to be alive.
Vrs20 Not feeling qualified to deal with questions of this sort, I asked him if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem to be tried there on this issue.
Vrs21 But Paul put in an appeal for his case to be reserved for the judgement of the emperor, so I ordered him to be remanded until I could send him to Caesar.’
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
Vrs1 [Of David] Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths of my being, his holy name;
Vrs2 bless Yahweh, my soul, never forget all his acts of kindness.
Vrs11 As the height of heaven above earth, so strong is his faithful love for those who fear him.
Vrs12 As the distance of east from west, so far from us does he put our faults.
Vrs19 Yahweh has fixed his throne in heaven, his sovereign power rules over all.
Vrs20 Bless Yahweh, all his angels, mighty warriors who fulfil his commands, attentive to the sound of his words.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint John 21:15-19
Vrs15 When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?’ He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’
Vrs16 A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He replied, ‘Yes, Lord, you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Look after my sheep.’
Vrs17 Then he said to him a third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt that he asked him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and said, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.
Vrs18 In all truth I tell you, when you were young you put on your own belt and walked where you liked; but when you grow old you will stretch out your hands, and somebody else will put a belt round you and take you where you would rather not go.’
Vrs19 In these words he indicated the kind of death by which Peter would give glory to God. After this he said, ‘Follow me.’