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May 18, 2018 (Fri­day) 7th Week of Easter St. John I, pope & mar­tyr Psalter: Week 3/(White/Red) Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab The Lord has es­tab­lished his throne in heaven.

1st Read­ing: Acts 25:13b-21

Some days later, king Agrippa, and his sis­ter Ber­nice, ar­rived in Cae­sarea to greet Fes­tus. As they were to stay there sev­eral days, Fes­tus told the king about Paul’s case, and said to him, “We have here, a man, whom Felix left as a pris­oner. When I was in Jerusalem, the chief priests, and the el­ders of the Jews ac­cused him, and asked me to sen­tence him. I told them that it is not the cus­tom of the Ro­mans to hand over a man with­out giv­ing him an op­por­tu­nity to de­fend him­self in front of his ac­cusers. So they came, and I took my seat, with­out de­lay, on the tri­bunal, and sent for the man.

When the ac­cusers had the floor, they did not ac­cuse him of any of the crimes that I was led to think he had com­mit­ted; in­stead, they quar­reled with him, about reli­gion, and about a cer­tain Je­sus, who has died, but whom Paul as­serted to be alive. I did not know what to do about this case, so I asked Paul if he wanted to go to Jerusalem, to be tried there. But Paul ap­pealed, to be judged by the em­peror. So I or­dered, that he be kept in cus­tody un­til I send him to Cae­sar.”

Gospel: Jn 21:15-19

After they had fin­ished break­fast, Je­sus said to Si­mon Peter, “Si­mon, son of John, do you love me more than th­ese do?” He an­swered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” And Je­sus said, “Feed my lambs.”

A sec­ond time Je­sus said to him, “Si­mon, son of John, do you love me?” And Peter an­swered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Je­sus said to him, “Look after my sheep.” And a third time he said to him, “Si­mon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was sad­dened be­cause Je­sus asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said, “Lord, you know ev­ery­thing; you know that I love you.” Je­sus then said, “Feed my sheep!

Truly, I say to you, when you were young, you put on your belt and walked where you liked. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and an­other will put a belt around you, and lead you where you do not wish to go.” Je­sus said this to make known the kind of death by which Peter was to glo­rify God. And he added, “Fol­low me!”

Re­flec­tion:

Do you love me more than th­ese do?

While Je­sus was be­ing tried by the San­hedrin, Peter thrice de­nied know­ing him. At Lake Tiberias, the Risen Lord asked Peter thrice if he loved him, not be­cause Je­sus needed an apol­ogy from Peter but be­cause Peter needed to re­ceive God’s mercy.

Je­sus’ last ex­pe­ri­ence of his dis­ci­ples upon his ar­rest at the Garden of Geth­se­mane was de­ser­tion. And yet the Risen Lord, upon ap­pear­ing to them, called them friends, did not de­mand an ac­count­ing for their be­trayal and com­mis­sioned them to pro­claim the Gospel. For Peter, the en­counter with the Risen Lord was a pro­found ex­pe­ri­ence of God’s mercy.

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