13 Now when some days had passed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to welcome Festus.14 And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a man left prisoner by Felix;15 and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews gave information about him, asking for sentence against him.16 I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up any one before the accused met the accusers face to face, and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge laid against him.17 When therefore they came together here, I made no delay, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought in.18 When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed;
19 but they had certain points of dispute with him about their own superstition and about one Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.20 Being at a loss how to investigate these questions, I asked whether he wished to go to Jerusalem and be tried there regarding them.21 But when Paul had appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of the emperor, I commanded him to be held until I could send him to Caesar.”
15 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.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
16 A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved 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.18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.”19 (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, “Follow me.”
Sometime after Christ rose from the dead He appeared on the beach to conclude His mission to officially install Peter to head up the Petrine office and to share a morning breakfast, in thanksgiving of Peters huge catch.
THE FIRST READING: Festus the Roman governor of Israel who found no case against Paul at his arraignment before the tribunal hearing in Jerusalem, apprised King Agrippa that Paul was found not guilty because he is a Roman, wherefore Paul insisted that he be judged by Ceasar the Roman King. Festus explained that he did not know how to deal with the excessive credulous belief that Paul met Jesus whose death was certified when the soldier pierced Jesus side with a sword.
THE GOSPEL READING: After having breakfast with the eleven post His resurrection, Christ single out Peter to examine his conscience with the ‘three charge rule!’ Upon affirming his love for Christ on all three counts, Peter is absolved from his misdemeanors and reaffirmed in his office to feed and tend to the flock!
Knowing that we are fallible and prone to err by sinning which is a form of denying and our rejection of Christ living in us, we do however have a recourse to have our sins washed away by the supernatural breakfast Christ has prepared for us in the Upper Room. You see whenever we pray the penitential act “I confess my sins to almighty God and to you my brothers and sisters that I have greatly sinned…,” We beat our chest three times as Peter did before we can sit at the table to have ‘breakfast’ with Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Let us sincerely mediate and genuinely pray the Lord to forgive our sins to qualify us to sit and be fed by Christ Himself. To wilfully deny that Christ is fully and truly present and not able to heal our sins in the Eucharist, is a crime that shall cause our arraignment and possible imprisonment.
LET US PRAY:Psalms 103:1-2,11-12,19-20
1 A Psalm of David.Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget notall his benefits,11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.19 The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.20 Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his
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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