Third Sunday of Easter

First Reading

Acts 5:27-32, 40-41

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

We are witnesses of these words, and so is the Holy Spirit.

The high priest demanded an explanation of the apostles. ‘We gave you a formal 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 of this man’s death on us.’ In reply Peter and the apostles said, ‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men; it was the God of our ancestors who raised up Jesus, but it was you who had him executed by hanging on a tree. 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. We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’ They warned the apostles not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. And so they left the presence of the Sanhedrin glad to have had the honour of suffering humiliation for the sake of the name.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Acts 5:27-32, 40-41

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

The captain went with the temple police

and brought the apostles, who were teaching in the temple,

and had them stand before the council.

The high priest questioned the apostles, saying,

“We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,

yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching

and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.”

But Peter and the apostles answered,

“We must obey God rather than any human authority.

The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus,

whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.

God exalted him at his right hand

as Leader and Saviour

that he might give repentance to Israel

and forgiveness of sins.

And we are witnesses to these things,

and so is the Holy Spirit

whom God has given to those who obey him.”

Then the council ordered the apostles not to speak in the name of Jesus,

and let them go.

As they left the council,

they rejoiced that they were considered worthy

to suffer dishonour for the sake of the name.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 29:2, 4-6, 11-13

R. I will praise you, Lord,

for you have rescued me.

or

R. Alleluia.

I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me

and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.

O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead,

restored me to life from those who sink into the grave. R.

Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him,

give thanks to his holy name.

His anger lasts but a moment; his favour through life.

At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn. R.

The Lord listened and had pity.

The Lord came to my help.

For me you have changed my mourning into dancing;

O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever. R.

Second Reading

Revelation 5:11-14

A reading from the book of the Apocalypse

The Lamb that was sacrificed is worthy to be given power, wealth, glory, and blessing.

In my vision, I, John, heard the sound of an immense number of angels gathered round the throne and the animals and the elders; there were ten thousand times ten thousand of them and thousands upon thousands, shouting, ‘The Lamb that was sacrificed is worthy to be given power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessing.’ Then I heard all the living things in creation – everything that lives in the air, and on the ground, and under the ground, and in the sea, crying, ‘To the One who is sitting on the throne and to the Lamb, be all praise, honour, glory and power, for ever and ever.’ And the four animals said, ‘Amen’; and the elders prostrated themselves to worship.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Revelation 5:11-14

A reading from the book of Revelation

I, John, looked,

and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne

and the living creatures and the elders;

they numbered myriads of myriads

and thousands of thousands,

singing with full voice,

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might

and honour and glory and blessing!”

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth

and under the earth and in the sea,

and all that is in them, singing,

“To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb

be blessing and honour and glory and might

forever and ever!”

And the four living creatures said, “Amen!”

And the elders fell down and worshipped.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation

GA

Alleluia, alleluia!

Christ is risen, the Lord of all creation;

he has shown pity on all people.

Alleluia!

Gospel

John 21:1-14

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.

Jesus showed himself again to his disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together. 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.

It was light by now and there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus. Jesus called out, ‘Have you caught anything, friends?’ And when they answered, ‘No,’ he said, ‘Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.’ So they dropped the net, and there were so many fish that they could not haul it in. The disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.’ At these words ‘It is the Lord,’ Simon Peter, who had practically nothing on, wrapped his cloak round him and jumped into the water. The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net and the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land.

As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there, and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. Jesus said, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken. 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. Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

John 21:1-14

A reading from the holy gospel according to John

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples

by the Sea of Tiberias;

and he showed himself in this way.

Gathered there together were Simon Peter;

Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee,

the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”

They said to him, “We will go with you.”

They went out and got into the boat,

but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach;

but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to them,

“Children, you have no fish, have you?”

They answered him, “No.”

He said to them,

“Cast the net to the right side of the boat,

and you will find some.”

So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in

because there were so many fish.

That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter;

“It is the Lord!”

when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord,

he put on some clothes, for he was naked,

and jumped into the sea.

But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish,

For they were nor far from the land,

Only about ninety meters off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there,

with fish on it, and bread.

Jesus said to them,

“Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”

So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore,

full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them;

and though there were so many, the net was not torn.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”

Now none of the disciples dared to ask him,

“Who are you?”

because they knew it was the Lord.

Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them,

and did the same with the fish.

This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples

after he was raised from the dead.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

John 21:1-19

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.

Jesus showed himself again to his disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together. 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.

It was light by now and there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus. Jesus called out, ‘Have you caught anything, friends?’ And when they answered, ‘No,’ he said, ‘Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.’ So they dropped the net, and there were so many fish that they could not haul it in. The disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.’ At these words ‘It is the Lord,’ Simon Peter, who had practically nothing on, wrapped his cloak round him and jumped into the water. The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net and the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land.

As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there, and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. Jesus said, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken. 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. Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.

After the meal 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.’ 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.’ Then he said to him a third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was upset that he asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and said, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.

‘I tell you most solemnly,

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 around you

and take you where you would rather not go.’

In these words he indicated the kind of death by which Peter would give glory to God. After this he said, ‘Follow me.’

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

John 21:1-19

A reading from the holy gospel according to John

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples

by the Sea of Tiberias;

and he showed himself in this way.

Gathered there together were Simon Peter;

Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee,

the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”

They said to him, “We will go with you.”

They went out and got into the boat,

but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach;

but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to them,

“Children, you have no fish, have you?”

They answered him, “No.”

He said to them,

“Cast the net to the right side of the boat,

and you will find some.”

So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in

because there were so many fish.

That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter;

“It is the Lord!”

when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord,

he put on some clothes, for he was naked,

and jumped into the sea.

But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish,

For they were nor far from the land,

Only about ninety meters off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there,

with fish on it, and bread.

Jesus said to them,

“Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”

So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore,

full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them;

and though there were so many, the net was not torn.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”

Now none of the disciples dared to ask him,

“Who are you?”

because they knew it was the Lord.

Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them,

and did the same with the fish.

This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples

after he was raised from the dead.

When they had finished breakfast,

Jesus said to Simon Peter,

“Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

He said to him,

“Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said to him,

“Feed my lambs.”

A second time he said to him,

“Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that! love you.”

Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”

He said to him the third time,

“Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time,

“Do you love me?”

And he said to him,

“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said to him,

“Feed my sheep.

“Very truly, I tell you,

when you were younger,

you used to fasten your own belt

and go wherever you wished.

But when you grow old,

you will stretch out your hands,

and someone else will fasten a belt around you

and take you where you do not wish to go.”

He said this to indicate the kind of death

by which he would glorify God.

After this he said to him,

“Follow me.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.