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Gospel Reflection

Jesus, you are the good shepherd,
you are willing to die for the sheep.
You are the good shepherd;
as the Father knows you and you know the Father,
in the same way you know your sheep,
and your sheep know you;
you are willing to die for us.

Gospel Reading - Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

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1Later Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Lake of Galilee. This is how it happened:

2A group of us were there — Simon Peter, Thomas, “The Twin,” Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, my brother James and Ia and two other disciples.

3Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”

“We’ll come too,” we all said. We did, but caught nothing all night. 4At dawn we saw a man standing on the beach but couldn’t see who he was.

5He called, “Any fish, boys?”b

“No,” we replied.

6Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get plenty of them!” So we did, and couldn’t draw in the net because of the weight of the fish, there were so many!

7Then Ic said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” At that, Simon Peter put on his tunic (for he was stripped to the waist) and jumped into the water and swam ashore*. 8The rest of us stayed in the boat and pulled the loaded net to the beach, about 300 feet away. 9When we got there, we saw that a fire was kindled and fish were frying over it, and there was bread.

10“Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. 11So Simon Peter went out and dragged the net ashore. By his count there were 153 large fish; and yet the net hadn’t torn.

12“Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said; and none of us dared ask him if he really was the Lord, for we were quite sure of it. 13Then Jesus went around serving us the bread and fish.

14This was the third time Jesus had appeared to us since his return from the dead.

. . . . .John 21:1-14
  1. Literally, “the sons of Zebedee.”
  2. Literally, “children.”
  3. Literally, “Then that disciple therefore whom Jesus loved.”*and swam ashore,implied.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.