Friday – Saint Philip Neri, pr.

H. Philip Neri was born on 21 July 1515 and died on 26 May 1595.
Blessed in 1600 and Holy in 1622.
Founder of the Order of Oratorians


May I hereby draw your attention to
the daily reading of the Gospel?

This invitation wishes to make you partakers of the joy
of the Gospel. Everyone, no one except,
can experience that joy by opening their hearts
to the healing power of God’s word.

Available every day.

It is a curious question, the threefold question to Peter. It clearly recalls his threefold denial. Even more remarkable is the threefold answer: Peter has given up all self-confidence. Finally, he is given the task that Jesus himself had taken up: to be the shepherd of the sheep. He takes over that task, and if we understand the Good Shepherd analogy, we know that this is not a task to rule, but to shepherd, to lead, to care, and to know by name.


FIRST READING            Acts 25:13-21

Jesus is dead, says Festus, but Paul claims He is alive.

From the Acts of the Apostles

In those days King Agrippa and Berníke came to Caesarea
and made their appearance before Festus.
During their stay there, which lasted several days
Festus presented the case of Paul to the king
with the words :
“Felix has left a prisoner here
against whom the high priests and the elders of the Jews,
brought charges against him
when I was in Jerusalem,
asking them to condemn him.
“I gave them to understand,
that the Romans are not in the habit
to extradite someone by way of favor,
before the accused has faced his accusers
and has had an opportunity
to defend himself against the charge.
“So they came here
and without delay, I held court the next day
and I had the man arraigned.
“When the prosecutors stood around him,
they brought no charges of crimes
that I had counted on.
“However, they did have certain issues against him
concerning their own faith
and about a certain Jesus,
who is dead,
but whom Paul claimed was alive.
“Since I did not know anyway with the examination of these things,
I asked him to go to Jerusalem
to stand trial there in this matter.
“But Paul appealed
and therefore wanted until His Majesty’s verdict
be kept in custody.
“Therefore I have given orders to keep him in custody
until I can send him to the emperor.”

INTERLUDIUM            Ps. 103 (102), 1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab

The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
Or: Alleluia.

Glorify, my soul, the Lord,
His holy Name from the depths of thy being!
Glorify, my soul, the Lord,
forget not his benefits!

As wide as heaven spans the earth,
so all-encompassing is His mercy.
As far as the distance from east to west,
He drives away from us sin.

The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
He rules over the universe.
Glorify the Lord, all His heavenly messengers,
mighty executors of His command.


ALLELUIA       Mt 28, 19 and 20

Go and make all nations my disciples;
I am with you all the days until the consummation of the world.


GOSPEL              Jn 21:15-19

Pasture my lambs, shepherd my sheep.

From the holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to

When Jesus appeared to His disciples,
after breakfast, He said to Simon Peter :
“Simon, son of John,
do you love Me more than these love Me?”
He replied :
“Yes Lord, Thou knowest that I love Thee.”
Jesus told him :
“Pasture My lambs.”
A second time He said to him :
“Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”
And this one answered :
“Yes Lord, Thou knowest that I love Thee.”
Jesus resumed :
“Shepherd My sheep.”
For the third time, He asked :
“Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”
Now Peter was grieved
because for the third time He asked him :
Do you love Me? and he said to Him :
“Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee.”
Thereupon Jesus told him :
“Pasture My sheep.
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee :
When thou wast young,
thou put thy girdle upon thyself and went whithersoever thou wouldest,
but when thou art old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands,
another shall girdle thee and take thee whither thou wilt not.”
With this, He alluded to death
through which he would glorify God.
And after these words, He told him :
“Follow Me.”


Laudato Si

Encyclic of


On caring for the common home

181. Here, continuity is essential, because policies related to climate change and environmental protection cannot be altered with every change of government. Results take time and demand immediate outlays which may not produce tangible effects within any one government’s term. That is why, in the absence of pressure from the public and from civic institutions, political authorities will always be reluctant to intervene, all the more when urgent needs must be met. To take up these responsibilities and the costs they entail, politicians will inevitably clash with the mindset of short-term gain and results which dominates present-day economics and politics. But if they are courageous, they will attest to their God-given dignity and leave behind a testimony of selfless responsibility. A healthy politics is sorely needed, capable of reforming and coordinating institutions, promoting best practices, and overcoming undue pressure and bureaucratic inertia. It should be added, though, that even the best mechanisms can break down when there are no worthy goals and values, or a genuine and profound humanism to serve as the basis of a noble and generous society.

To be continued


The Bible text in this issue is taken from The New Translation of the Bible,
©Dutch Bible Society 2004/2007.
Considerations from Liturgical suggestions for weekdays and Sundays
Laudato Si Official English translation

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I am a 91-years old retired Johnson & Johnson researcher, who wants to spend the rest of his years to the spreading of the gospel in a daily blog.

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