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Readings of the Day: Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Readings of the Day: Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Athirst is my soul for the living God

Readings of the Day: Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Reading for the Day
Acts 11:1-18

  • 1 Now the apostles and the brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
  • 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him,
  • 3 saying, "Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?"
  • 4 But Peter began and explained to them in order:
  • 5 "I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, something descending, like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came down to me.
  • 6 Looking at it closely I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air.
  • 7 And I heard a voice saying to me, `Rise, Peter; kill and eat.'
  • 8 But I said, `No, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
  • 9 But the voice answered a second time from heaven, `What God has cleansed you must not call common.'
  • 10 This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven.
  • 11 At that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesare'a.
  • 12 And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brethren also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house.
  • 13 And he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, `Send to Joppa and bring Simon called Peter;
  • 14 he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.'
  • 15 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning.
  • 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, `John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'
  • 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?"
  • 18 When they heard this they were silenced. And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance unto life."

Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 42:2-3; 43:3-4

Response: Athirst is my soul for the living God

  • 1 As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God.
  • 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? R
  • 3 Oh send out thy light and thy truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to thy holy hill and to thy dwelling! R
  • 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise thee with the lyre, O God, my God. R

Gospel for the Day
John 10:1-10

  • 1 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber;
  • 2 but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
  • 3 To him the gatekeeper opens; the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
  • 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
  • 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers."
  • 6 This figure Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
  • 7 So Jesus again said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
  • 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not heed them.
  • 9 I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
  • 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
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