Readings for Wednesday 7th Week of Easter

First Reading
Acts 20:28-38

I commend you to God who has the power to build you up and to give you an inheritance.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:
“Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock
   of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,
   in which you tend the Church of God that
   he acquired with his own Blood.
I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you,
   and they will not spare the flock.
And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth
   to draw the disciples away after them.
So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day,
   I unceasingly admonished each of you with tears.
And now I commend you to God
   and to that gracious word of his that can build you up
   and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated.
I have never wanted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.
You know well that these very hands
   have served my needs and my companions.
In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort
   we must help the weak,
   and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said,
   ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

When he had finished speaking
   he knelt down and prayed with them all.
They were all weeping loudly
   as they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him,
   for they were deeply distressed that he had said
   that they would never see his face again.
Then they escorted him to the ship.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab

R. :

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

Show forth, O God, your power,
   the power, O God, with which you took our part;
For your temple in Jerusalem
   let the kings bring you gifts.

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

You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God,
   chant praise to the Lord
   who rides on the heights of the ancient heavens.
Behold, his voice resounds,the voice of power:
   “Confess the power of God!”

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

Over Israel is his majesty;
   his power is in the skies.
Awesome in his sanctuary is God, the God of Israel;
   he gives power and strength to his people.

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

Gospel Acclamation
See Jn 17:17b, 17a

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jn 17:11b-19

May they be one just as we are one.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying:
“Holy Father, keep them in your name
   that you have given me,
   so that they may be one just as we are one.
When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me,
   and I guarded them,
   and none of them was lost
   except the son of destruction,
   in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to you.
I speak this in the world
   so that they may share my joy completely.
I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
   because they do not belong to the world
   any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world
   but that you keep them from the Evil One.
They do not belong to the world
   any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth.
Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
   so I sent them into the world.
And I consecrate myself for them,
   so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”

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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