Readings of the Day
- 19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews.
- 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
- 22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
- 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.
- 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
- 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,
- 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
Response: All you nations, praise the Lord
- 1 His foundation upon the holy mountains the LORD loves:
- 2 The gates of Zion, more than any dwelling of Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God! R
- 4 "This man was born there."
- 5 And of Zion they shall say: "One and all were born in her; And he who has established her is the Most High LORD." R
- 6 They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled: "This man was born there."
- 7 And all shall sing, in their festive dance: "My home is within you." R
Gospel for the Day
- 22 Then came the Festival of Dedication[a] at Jerusalem. It was winter,
- 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.
- 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
- 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me,
- 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
- 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
- 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
- 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[b]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
- 30 I and the Father are one.”
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