First Reading: From the Book of Acts 5:27-32, 40-41
Vrs27 When they had brought them in to face the Sanhedrin, the high priest demanded an explanation.
Vrs28 ‘We gave you a strong warning’, he said, ‘not to preach in this name, and what have you done? You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and seem determined to fix the guilt for this man’s death on us.’
Vrs29 In reply Peter and the apostles said, ‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men;
Vrs30 it was the God of our ancestors who raised up Jesus, whom you executed by hanging on a tree.
Vrs31 By his own right hand God has now raised him up to be leader and Saviour, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins through him to Israel.
Vrs32 We are witnesses to this, we and the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’
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.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
Vrs2 Yahweh, my God, I cried to you for help and you healed me.
Vrs4 Make music for Yahweh, all you who are faithful to him, praise his unforgettable holiness.
Vrs5 His anger lasts but a moment, his favour through life; In the evening come tears, but with dawn cries of joy.
Vrs6 Carefree, I used to think, ‘Nothing can ever shake me!’
Vrs11 You have turned my mourning into dancing, you have stripped off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.
Vrs12 So my heart will sing to you unceasingly, Yahweh, my God, I shall praise you for ever.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint John 21:1-19
Vrs1 Later on, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this:
Vrs2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together.
Vrs3 Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’ They replied, ‘We’ll come with you.’ They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night.
Vrs4 When it was already light, there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus.
Vrs5 Jesus called out, ‘Haven’t you caught anything, friends?’ And when they answered, ‘No,’
Vrs6 he said, ‘Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.’ So they threw the net out and could not haul it in because of the quantity of fish.
Vrs7 The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.’ At these words, ‘It is the Lord,’ Simon Petertied his outer garment round him (for he had nothing on) and jumped into the water.
Vrs8 The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net with the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land.
Vrs9 As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it.
Vrs10 Jesus said, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’
Vrs11 Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net ashore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken.
Vrs12 Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples was bold enough to ask, ‘Who are you?’. They knew quite well it was the Lord.
Vrs13 Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish.
Vrs14 This was the third time that Jesus revealed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.
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.’
Second Reading: From the Book of Revelation 5:11-14
Vrs11 In my vision, I heard the sound of an immense number of angels gathered round the throne and the living creatures and the elders; there were ten thousand times ten thousand of them and thousands upon thousands,
Vrs12 loudly chanting: Worthy is the Lamb that was sacrificed to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessing.
Vrs13 Then I heard all the living things in creation — everything that lives in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, crying: To the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb, be all praise, honour,glory and power, for ever and ever.
Vrs14 And the four living creatures said, ‘Amen’; and the elders prostrated themselves to worship.