Friday 16 April

Collect
Risen Christ,
for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:
open the doors of our hearts,
that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,
to the praise of God the Father.  Amen.

John 21.15–19
 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.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ 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.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt 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. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.’ (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’

Psalm 57
    Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
   for my soul takes refuge in you;
    In the shadow of your wings will I take refuge
   until the storm of destruction has passed by.
    I will call upon the Most High God,
   the God who fulfils his purpose for me.
    He will send from heaven and save me
      and rebuke those that would trample upon me;
   God will send forth his love and his faithfulness.
    I lie in the midst of lions,
   people whose teeth are spears and arrows,
      and their tongue a sharp sword.
    Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
   and your glory over all the earth.
    They have laid a net for my feet;
      my soul is pressed down;
   they have dug a pit before me
      and will fall into it themselves.
    My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready;
   I will sing and give you praise.
    Awake, my soul; awake, harp and lyre,
   that I may awaken the dawn.
      I will give you thanks, O Lord, among the peoples;
   I will sing praise to you among the nations.
      For your loving-kindness is as high as the heavens,
   and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
      Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
   and your glory over all the earth.