22 Sun Apr 2007
When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, â€œWe 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 manâ€™s blood on us.â€ But Peter and the apostles answered, â€œWe 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 Savior 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.â€ and when they had called in the apostles, they had them flogged. Then they ordered them 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 dishonor for the sake of the name.
Then I 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, â€œWorthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!â€ 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, â€œTo the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!â€ And the four living creatures said, â€œAmen!â€ And the elders fell down and worshiped.
After these things 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, â€œI am going fishing.â€ They said to him, â€œWe will go with you.â€ 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, â€œChildren, you have no fish, have you?â€ They answered him, â€œNo.â€ He said to them, â€œCast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.â€ 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, â€œIt is the Lord!â€ 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 not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, â€œBring some of the fish that you have just caught.â€ 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, â€œCome and have breakfast.â€ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, â€œWho are you?â€ 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, â€œSimon son of John, do you love me more than these?â€ He said to him, â€œYes, Lord; you know that I love you.â€ Jesus said to him, â€œFeed my lambs.â€ A second time he said to him, â€œSimon son of John, do you love me?â€ He said to him, â€œYes, Lord; you know that I love you.â€ Jesus said to him, â€œTend my sheep.â€ He said to him the third time, â€œSimon son of John, do you love me?â€ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, â€œDo you love me?â€ And he said to him, â€œLord, you know everything; you know that I love you.â€ Jesus said to him, â€œFeed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to 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.â€ (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, â€œFollow me.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.