DAILY MASS READINGS (April 26, 2019)

FRIDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER (CYCLE C, White)

Reading 1 (ACTS 4:1-12)

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

After the crippled man had been cured,
while Peter and John were still speaking to the people,
the priests, the captain of the temple guard,
and the Sadducees confronted them,
disturbed that they were teaching the people
and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
They laid hands on Peter and John
and put them in custody until the next day,
since it was already evening.
But many of those who heard the word came to believe
and the number of men grew to about five thousand.

On the next day, their leaders, elders, and scribes
were assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest,
Caiaphas, John, Alexander,
and all who were of the high-priestly class.
They brought them into their presence and questioned them,
“By what power or by what name have you done this?”
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them,
“Leaders of the people and elders:
If we are being examined today
about a good deed done to a cripple,
namely, by what means he was saved,
then all of you and all the people of Israel should know
that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;
in his name this man stands before you healed.
He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,
which has become the cornerstone.

There is no salvation through anyone else,
nor is there any other name under heaven
given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 118:1-2 AND 4, 22-24, 25-27A)

R.(22)  The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who fear the LORD say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.
O LORD, grant salvation!
O LORD, grant prosperity!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
we bless you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God, and he has given us light.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.


Alleluia (PSALM 118:24)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel (JOHN 21:1-14)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.
He revealed himself in this way.
Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus,
Nathanael from Cana in Galilee,
Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples.
Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We also will come with you.”
So they went out and got into the boat,
but that night they caught nothing.
When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore;
but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?”
They answered him, “No.”
So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat
and you will find something.”
So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in
because of the number of fish.
So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.”
When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord,
he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad,
and jumped into the sea.
The other disciples came in the boat,
for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards,
dragging the net with the fish.
When they climbed out on shore,
they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.”
So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore
full of one hundred fifty-three large fish.
Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.”
And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?”
because they realized it was the Lord.
Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them,
and in like manner the fish.
This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples
after being raised from the dead.

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the Gospel (John 21:1-14), the Risen Lord reveals to seven of his disciples at the shore of Lake Tiberias. They were fishing all night and having not caught anything, Jesus commands them to cast their nets to the right side. Suddenly, they caught a large number of fish, about 153 in number, representing the different species of fish. Then Saint John told Saint Peter that it was the Lord. And Peter tucked his garments since he had taken them off and swam to shore, while the others sailed on the boat they were riding. Jesus invited them to have breakfast, and none of them asked who he was because they recognized him. Weeks later in the First Reading (Acts 4:1-12), these two Apostles give witness to Christ’s Death and Resurrection, even as they have stood before the Sanhedrin. Though they have been warned already not to speak in that name, Peter and John continue proclaiming the Good News of our Lord.
My dear brothers and sisters, after the Risen Christ appeared to his Apostles at the Upper Room, seven of them who were formerly fishermen went to the sea to catch fish. Then after catching the fish, they recognized him. This is our Tiberias Experience. After our encounter with the Lord in the present situations of the outside world, we go back to our simple lifestyle to recognize him even more. We are challenged to recognize him in humble forms. One example is our meals everyday, whatever we eat is a blessing from God. That is why we pray the Prayer before and after Meals to show our gratitude and appreciation to the Lord for the food that he has given us, which was bought by the money we have worked hard, earned, and saved for. The catch of fish symbolizes how we inspire others to persevere in times of suffering and to purse the good things they have done from the start. That is why as fishers of men, the Apostles preceded the Pope, Bishops, Priests, and Deacons in order to shepherd the Church from then to now. Even Cardinal Tagle’s motto as the Archbishop of Manila is “Dominus est—It is the Lord!” As we journey down this Easter road, let us realize that from our humble experiences, simple lifestyle, and good works, we recognize the Lord in our lives.

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