First Reading: From the Book of Acts 5:34-42
Vrs34 One member of the Sanhedrin, however, a Pharisee called Gamaliel, who was a teacher of the Lawrespected by the whole people, stood up and asked to have the men taken outside for a time.
Vrs35 Then he addressed the Sanhedrin, ‘Men of Israel, be careful how you deal with these people.
Vrs36 Some time ago there arose Theudas. He claimed to be someone important, and collected about four hundred followers; but when he was killed, all his followers scattered and that was the end of them.
Vrs37 And then there was Judas the Galilean, at the time of the census, who attracted crowds of supporters; but he was killed too, and all his followers dispersed.
Vrs38 What I suggest, therefore, is that you leave these men alone and let them go. If this enterprise, this movement of theirs, is of human origin it will break up of its own accord;
Vrs39 but if it does in fact come from God you will be unable to destroy them. Take care not to find yourselves fighting against God.’ His advice was accepted;
Vrs40 and they had the apostles called in, gave orders for them to be flogged, warned them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them.
Vrs41 And so they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, glad to have had the honour of suffering humiliation for the sake of the name.
Vrs42 Every day they went on ceaselessly teaching and proclaiming the good news of Christ Jesus, both in the temple and in private houses.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14
Vrs1 [Of David] Yahweh is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear? Yahweh is the fortress of my life, whom should I dread?
Vrs4 One thing I ask of Yahweh, one thing I seek: to dwell in Yahweh’s house all the days of my life, to enjoy the sweetness of Yahweh, to seek out his temple.
Vrs13 This I believe: I shall see the goodness of Yahweh, in the land of the living.
Vrs14 Put your hope in Yahweh, be strong, let your heart be bold, put your hope in Yahweh.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint John 6:1-15
Vrs1 After this, Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee — or of Tiberias-
Vrs2 and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he had done in curing the sick.
Vrs3 Jesus climbed the hillside and sat down there with his disciples.
Vrs4 The time of the Jewish Passover was near.
Vrs5 Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’
Vrs6 He said this only to put Philip to the test; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do.
Vrs7 Philip answered, ‘Two hundred denarii would not buy enough to give them a little piece each.’
Vrs8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said,
Vrs9 ‘Here is a small boy with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that among so many?’
Vrs10 Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down.
Vrs11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were sitting there; he then did the same with the fish, distributing as much as they wanted.
Vrs12 When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, ‘Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing is wasted.’
Vrs13 So they picked them up and filled twelve large baskets with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves.
Vrs14 Seeing the sign that he had done, the people said, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’
Vrs15 Jesus, as he realised they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, fled back to the hills alone.