Acts 4:1-12 
1 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them,
2 annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the morrow, for it was already evening.4 But many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to about five thousand.5 On the morrow their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem,6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family.7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders,9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a cripple, by what means this man has been healed,10 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man is standing before you well.11 This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner.12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

John 21:1-14 

1 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberi-as; and he revealed himself in this way.2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathana-el of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together.
3 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.4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
5 Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any fish?” They answered him, “No.”6 He said to them, “Cast the net on 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, for the quantity of fish.7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea.8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread.10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.


THE FIRST READING: Unsettled by the healling miracle of the paralytic, the Sadducees—a Jewish breakaway sect— used that event as a pretext to arraign and interrogate Peter and John for making the audacious claim that the healing of the paralytic was a good deed done by Christ, the cornerstone and foundation of truth whom they had rejected! 

THE GOSPEL READING: Discouraged, downcast and cut up when he found the tomb of his Lord empty, Peter invited a number of the disciples to return to their former vocation to fish. He even dismissed the womens testimony that Christ would meet them in the living, when he accused them of propgating “an idle tale.” Lk 24:11-12 Dejected that their fishing expidition came to naught forcing the crew to return to shore empty handed, Peter was not in the mood or enamored to hear a fellow on the beach telling him to not give up, but to go back and make another attempt. Peter is however coached to cast the net to the right side, rather than the traditional left hand side of the boat which produced a huge catch of fish!

Untimely events such as the passing of a loved one, accidents, unemployment, delibitating forms of sickness and wayward disobedient loved ones, can and do cause us to reject, dismiss our faith and beliefs that God really cares about us. More often than not we return to our former way of life, believing that God has abandoned us, rather than doing an honest examination of our conscience to establish where we have blundered and missepped. Stubbornness or the “I know it all” attitude has obviously not achieved anything, wherefore we should ponder on and consider propositions from loved ones who call us to cast our net on the right side, because they truly care about our needs and well-being. Moreover, we need to return to the table of Sacrifice where Christ stand ready to feed us with a supernatural meal to sustain us on our journey so we be illuminated by objective truth!

LET US PRAY:Psalms 118:1-2,4,22-27

1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!
2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”4 Let those who fear the LORD say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”
22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.24 This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.25 Save us, we beseech thee, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech thee, give us success!
26 Blessed be he who enters in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar!

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.

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