May 2022 Bible Readings

May 2022 Bible Readings

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Here are the May 2022 Bible readings which we’ll be using in church. Please make use of these readings and reflect on what they might be saying to you.

The readings

The readings in May include a series of passages from the Acts of the Apostles. We have Saul realiasing how wrong he’d been – and Ananias being converted in a way too, Peter bringing a talented seamstress called Tabitha back to life – and realising how wrong he’d been about the Gentiles. Then Saul (now called Paul) and Silas meeting up with a merchant called Lydia then later getting imprisoned. They get out of jail following a midnight karaoke:

  • May 1 – 3rd of Easter: Acts 9:1-20; Revelation 5:11-end; John 21:1-19;
  • May 8 – 4th of Easter: Acts 9:36-43; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30;
  • May 15 – 5th of Easter: Acts 11:1-18; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35;
  • May 22 – 6th of Easter: Acts 16:9-15; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29;
  • May 29 – 7th of Easter: Acts 16:16-34; Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17:20-26;

If you don’t have access to a Bible, then please follow this link to the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. That will take you to the Lent readings. Then follow the links for Holy Week and Easter.

Amongst the May 2022 Bible Readings we have this story, set a week or so after the resurrection, where Peter does some naked fishing and then gets a cooked breakfast…

John 21:1-19

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.

Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 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.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to 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 because there were so many fish.

That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord.

Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.

This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

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.”

Many thanks again to Olivia Snow for the photo on Unsplash

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