Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Wednesday, 12th May, 2021
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Wednesday, 6th Week of Easter
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 17:15.22-18:1
The God whom I proclaim is in fact the one whom you already worship without knowing it.
Paul’s escort took him as far as Athens, and went back with instructions for Silas and Timothy to rejoin Paul as soon as they could.
Paul stood before the whole Council of the Areopagus and made this speech:
‘Men of Athens, I have seen for myself how extremely scrupulous you are in all religious matters, because I noticed, as I strolled round admiring your sacred monuments, that you had an altar inscribed: “To An Unknown God.” Well, the God whom I proclaim is in fact the one whom you already worship without knowing it.
‘Since the God who made the world and everything in it is himself Lord of heaven and earth, he does not make his home in shrines made by human hands. Nor is he dependent on anything that human hands can do for him, since he can never be in need of anything; on the contrary, it is he who gives everything – including life and breath – to everyone. From one single stock he not only created the whole human race so that they could occupy the entire earth, but he decreed how long each nation should flourish and what the boundaries of its territory should be. And he did this so that all nations might seek the deity and, by feeling their way towards him, succeed in finding him. Yet in fact he is not far from any of us, since it is in him that we live, and move, and exist, as indeed some of your own writers have said:
“We are all his children”.
‘Since we are the children of God, we have no excuse for thinking that the deity looks like anything in gold, silver or stone that has been carved and designed by a man.
‘God overlooked that sort of thing when men were ignorant, but now he is telling everyone everywhere that they must repent, because he has fixed a day when the whole world will be judged, and judged in righteousness, and he has appointed a man to be the judge. And God has publicly proved this by raising this man from the dead.’
At this mention of rising from the dead, some of them burst out laughing; others said, ‘We would like to hear you talk about this again.’ After that Paul left them, but there were some who attached themselves to him and became believers, among them Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman called Damaris, and others besides. After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 148
Response Your glory fills all heaven and earth.
1. Praise the Lord from the heavens,
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all his angels,
praise him, all his host. Response
2. All earth’s kings and peoples,
earth’s princes and rulers;
young men and maidens,
old men together with children. Response
3. Let them praise the name of the Lord
for he alone is exalted.
The splendour of his name
reaches beyond heaven and earth. Response
4. He exalts the strength of his peoples.
He is the praise of all his saints,
of the sons of Israel,
of the people to whom he comes close. Response
Gospel Acclamation Col 3:1
Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ,
you must look for the things that are in heaven where Christ is,
sitting at God’s right hand.
or Jn 14:16
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you forever.
GOSPEL John 16:12-15
Glory to you, O Lord.
The Spirit of truth will lead you to the complete truth
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
“All he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.'”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Gospel Reflection Wednesday, Sixth Week of Easter John 16:12-15
I was in Athens a couple of years ago with a group of priests and at the spot where the Council of the Areopagus would have met we read that passage from the Acts of the Apostles that was today’s first reading. In that speech Paul begins by acknowledging the religious sensibilities of the Athenians. He goes on to announce that the God whom he proclaims, the God who raised Jesus from the dead, is the God for whom they are searching without realizing it. Paul begins by recognizing the Athenians’ pursuit of truth and then offers them the gospel as the embodiment of that truth for which they long. In John’s gospel Jesus declares himself to be the truth, and in today’s gospel reading from that gospel Jesus announces the coming of the Spirit of truth who will lead us to the complete truth. The Spirit will lead us to the complete truth by drawing us to Jesus, by leading us to a deeper grasp of all that Jesus said and did. The Spirit of truth, the Spirit of Jesus who is the truth, will satisfy our own longings for ultimate truth, for the truth that sets us free. That is why in the run up to the feast of Pentecost it is good to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit, enlighten the eyes of our minds and hearts’.
The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/ The Gospel reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2020-2021: You have the Words of Eternal life: by The Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/