Readings 6th Sunday Easter

First Reading
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 

It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities.


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,
   “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,
   you cannot be saved.”
Because there arose no little dissension and debate
   by Paul and Barnabas with them,
   it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others
   should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders
   about this question.

The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church,
   decided to choose representatives
   and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,
   and Silas, leaders among the brothers.

This is the letter delivered by them:
“The apostles and the elders, your brothers,
   to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia
   of Gentile origin: greetings.
Since we have heard that some of our number
   who went out without any mandate from us
   have upset you with their teachings
   and disturbed your peace of mind,
   we have with one accord decided to choose representatives
   and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
   who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So we are sending Judas and Silas
   who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:
   ‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
   not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities,
   namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols,
   from blood, from meats of strangled animals,
   and from unlawful marriage.
If you keep free of these,
   you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’”


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 

R. :

R. (4) O God, let all the nations praise you!
  or:
R. Alleluia.

May God have pity on us and bless us;
   may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
   among all nations, your salvation.

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
  or:
R. Alleluia.

May the nations be glad and exult
   because you rule the peoples in equity;
   the nations on the earth you guide.

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
  or:
R. Alleluia.

May the peoples praise you, O God;
   may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
   and may all the ends of the earth fear him!

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
  or:
R. Alleluia.


Second Reading
Rev 21:10-14, 22-23

The angel showed me the holy city coming down out of heaven.

A reading from the Book of Revelation

The angel took me in spirit to a great, high mountain
   and showed me the holy city Jerusalem
   coming down out of heaven from God.
It gleamed with the splendor of God.
Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,
   like jasper, clear as crystal.
It had a massive, high wall,
   with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed
   and on which names were inscribed,
   the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites.
There were three gates facing east,
   three north, three south, and three west.
The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation,
   on which were inscribed the twelve names
   of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

I saw no temple in the city
   for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb.
The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it,
   for the glory of God gave it light,
   and its lamp was the Lamb.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 14:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord,
and my Father will love him and we will come to him.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Jn 14:23-29

The Holy Spirit wil teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
   and my Father will love him,
   and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
   yet the word you hear is not mine
   but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
   whom the Father will send in my name,
   will teach you everything
   and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
   ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
   you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
   for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
   so that when it happens you may believe.”

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