Readings for Thursday in the 4th Week of Easter

First Reading
Acts 13:13-25

From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus Christ.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

From Paphos, Paul and his companions
   set sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia.
But John left them and returned to Jerusalem.
They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia.
On the sabbath they entered into the synagogue and took their seats.
After the reading of the law and the prophets,
   the synagogue officials sent word to them,
   “My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortation
   for the people, please speak.”

So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said,
   “Fellow children of Israel and you others who are God-fearing, listen.
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors
   and exalted the people during their sojourn in the land of Egypt.
With uplifted arm he led them out,
   and for about forty years he put up with them in the desert.
When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan,
   he gave them their land as an inheritance
   at the end of about four hundred and fifty years.
After these things he provided judges up to Samuel the prophet.
Then they asked for a king.
God gave them Saul, son of Kish,
   a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
Then he removed him and raised up David as their king;
   of him he testified,
   I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
   he will carry out my every wish.

From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
   has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
   to all the people of Israel;
   and as John was completing his course, he would say,
   ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me;
   I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’”


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27 

R. :

R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
   through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
   in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

“I have found David, my servant;
   with my holy oil I have anointed him,
That my hand may be always with him,
   and that my arm may make him strong.”

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

“My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him,
   and through my name shall his horn be exalted.
He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
   my God, the Rock, my savior.

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
  or:
R. Alleluia.


Gospel Acclamation
See Rev 1:5ab

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus Christ, you are the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead,
you have loved us and freed us from our sins by your Blood.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Jn 13:16-20 

Whoever receives the one I send receiveds me.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master
   nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.
If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
I am not speaking of all of you.
I know those whom I have chosen.
But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
   The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.
From now on I am telling you before it happens,
   so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send
   receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

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