14 Apr 2013
Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41
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.
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.