Readings for Tuesday 6th Week of Easter

First Reading
Acts 16:22-34

Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas,
   and the magistrates had them stripped
   and ordered them to be beaten with rods.
After inflicting many blows on them,
   they threw them into prison
   and instructed the jailer to guard them securely.
When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell
   and secured their feet to a stake.

About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying
   and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,
   there was suddenly such a severe earthquake
   that the foundations of the jail shook;
   all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose.
When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open,
   he drew his sword and was about to kill himself,
   thinking that the prisoners had escaped.
But Paul shouted out in a loud voice,
   “Do no harm to yourself; we are all here.”
He asked for a light and rushed in and,
   trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas.
Then he brought them out and said,
   “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus
   and you and your household will be saved.”
So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house.
He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds;
   then he and all his family were baptized at once.
He brought them up into his house and provided a meal
   and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8

R. :

R. (7c) Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
R. Alleluia.

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
   or you have heard the words of my mouth;
   in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple,
   and give thanks to your name.

R. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Because of your kindness and your truth,
   you have made great above all things
   your name and your promise.
When I called, you answered me;
   you built up strength within me.

R. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Your right hand saves me.
The LORD will complete what he has done for me;
   your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
   forsake not the work of your hands.

R. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Gospel Acclamation
See Jn 16:7, 13

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
he will guide you to all truth.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jn 16:5-11

For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Now I am going to the one who sent me,
   and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
But if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes he will convict the world
   in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
   sin, because they do not believe in me;
   righteousness, because I am going to the Father
   and you will no longer see me;
   condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”

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.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections


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