Readings for Tuesday 7th Week of Easter

First Reading
Acts 20:17-27

I am finishing my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

From Miletus Paul had the presbyters
   of the Church at Ephesus summoned.
When they came to him, he addressed them,
   “You know how I lived among you
   the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia.
I served the Lord with all humility
   and with the tears and trials that came to me
   because of the plots of the Jews,
   and I did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit,
   or from teaching you in public or in your homes.
I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks
   to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus.
But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem.
What will happen to me there I do not know,
   except that in one city after another
   the Holy Spirit has been warning me
   that imprisonment and hardships await me.
Yet I consider life of no importance to me,
   if only I may finish my course
   and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus,
   to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.

“But now I know that none of you
   to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels
   will ever see my face again.
And so I solemnly declare to you this day
   that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you,
   for I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 68:10-11, 20-21

R. :

R. (33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.

A bountiful rain you showered down, O God, upon your inheritance;
   you restored the land when it languished;
Your flock settled in it;
   in your goodness, O God, you provided it for the needy.

R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.

Blessed day by day be the Lord,
   who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation.
God is a saving God for us;
   the LORD, my Lord, controls the passageways of death.

R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 14:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I will ask the Father
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you always.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jn 17:1-11a

Father, glorify your Son.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
“Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
   just as you gave him authority over all people,
   so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life,
   that they should know you, the only true God,
   and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth
   by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you,
   with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world.
They belonged to you, and you gave them to me,
   and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
   because the words you gave to me I have given to them,
   and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
   and they have believed that you sent me.
I pray for them.
I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me,
   because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours
   and everything of yours is mine,
   and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world,
   but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

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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