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April 16, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
Monday of Third Week of Easter
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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Saint Stephen is called to preach the Gospel despite opposition. Stephen stands his ground, and his tormentors are presented with a face of great radiance and beauty, according to the account in Acts. In the Gospel, Jesus says that to do the work of God is to believe in him, whom the Father sent.

Believe in the one whom God has sent. The Church’s first martyrs, Saint Stephen, heard the call to preach the Good News of the Gospel, even under treat of death. Likewise, we are called to be Jesus’ faithful disciples, working each day not for food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life.

Monday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 273

Reading 1 Acts 6:8-15

Stephen, filled with grace and power,
was working great wonders and signs among the people.
Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,
Cyreneans, and Alexandrians,
and people from Cilicia and Asia,
came forward and debated with Stephen,
but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.
Then they instigated some men to say,
“We have heard him speaking blasphemous words
against Moses and God.”27
They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes,
accosted him, seized him,
and brought him before the Sanhedrin.
They presented false witnesses who testified,
“This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law.
For we have heard him claim
that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place
and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.”
All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him
and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30

  1. (1ab) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Though princes meet and talk against me,
    your servant meditates on your statutes.
    Yes, your decrees are my delight;
    they are my counselors.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I declared my ways, and you answered me;
    teach me your statutes.
    Make me understand the way of your precepts,
    and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Remove from me the way of falsehood,
    and favor me with your law.
    The way of truth I have chosen;
    I have set your ordinances before me.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Mt 4:4b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    One does not live on bread alone
    but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 6:22-29

[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea
saw that there had been only one boat there,
and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat,
but only his disciples had left.
Other boats came from Tiberias
near the place where they had eaten the bread
when the Lord gave thanks.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me
not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

 

April 17, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
Tuesday of Third Week of Easter
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In our first reading, Stephen speaks bluntly to the people, elders and scribes about their failure to observe the law which they had accepted. In the Gospel, the crowd asks Jesus for a sign, and Jesus reveals to them that he is the bread of life.

Jesus is the bread of life. Life would be difficult if we did not have signs. The gift of flowers conveys our love and affection. A top sign warns us of danger. The sign of the cross reminds us of life in Christ. Because we sometimes fail to recognize the signs of God’s love, Jesus, the light, illuminates our lives so that we will see them.

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 274

Reading 1 Acts 7:51—8:1a

Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:
“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,
you always oppose the Holy Spirit;
you are just like your ancestors.
Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?
They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,
whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.
You received the law as transmitted by angels,
but you did not observe it.”

When they heard this, they were infuriated,
and they ground their teeth at him.
But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,
looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
But they cried out in a loud voice,
covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.
They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
The witnesses laid down their cloaks
at the feet of a young man named Saul.
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out,
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice,
“Lord, do not hold this sin against them”;
and when he said this, he fell asleep.

Now Saul was consenting to his execution.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 31:3cd-4, 6 and 7b and 8a, 17 and 21ab

  1. (6a) Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Be my rock of refuge,
    a stronghold to give me safety.
    You are my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Into your hands I commend my spirit;
    you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
    My trust is in the LORD;
    I will rejoice and be glad of your mercy.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let your face shine upon your servant;
    save me in your kindness.
    You hide them in the shelter of your presence
    from the plottings of men.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 6:35ab

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the bread of life, says the Lord;
    whoever comes to me will never hunger.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 6:30-35

The crowd said to Jesus:
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:

He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”

So they said to Jesus,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

 

April 18, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
Wednesday of Third Week of Easter
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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After a severe persecution scatters the Church in Jerusalem, Philip goes to Samaria, proclaiming Christ to them and healing many people. Jesus proclaims to the crowds that he is the bread of life, come down from heaven to do the will of the Father.

Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life. The Church in Jerusalem was persecuted and scattered, but it was not destroyed. Indeed, we hear Jesus say that it is the will of the Father that he not lose anything the Father gave him. Like a good shepherd who seeks out one lost sheep, Jesus cares about each and every one of us, and wants us to be full communion with him. When we feel lost or scattered, let us turn to Jesus.

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 275

Reading 1 Acts 8:1b-8

There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,
and all were scattered
throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,
except the Apostles.
Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.
Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;
entering house after house and dragging out men and women,
he handed them over for imprisonment.

Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.
Thus Philip went down to the city of Samaria
and proclaimed the Christ to them.
With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip
when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.
For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,
came out of many possessed people,
and many paralyzed and crippled people were cured.
There was great joy in that city.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a

  1. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
    sing praise to the glory of his name;
    proclaim his glorious praise.
    Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!”
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    “Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
    sing praise to your name!”
    Come and see the works of God,
    his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He has changed the sea into dry land;
    through the river they passed on foot;
    therefore let us rejoice in him.
    He rules by his might forever.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia See Jn 6:40

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,
    and I shall raise him on the last day, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 6:35-40

Jesus said to the crowds,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
But I told you that although you have seen me,
you do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”

 

April 19, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
Thursday of Third Week of Easter
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, the Ethiopian became a believer and was baptized because of Philip’s guidance and instruction. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches that he was sent by the Father and that he is flesh for the life of the world.

Seek to spread the word of God each day by our actions and words. In today’s first reading, we hear of Philip converting a pagan. He was directed by the angel of the Lord to spread of Good News. It is not so different for us today. We are still called to do Jesus’ work today by our witness.

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 276

Reading 1 Acts 8:26-40

The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,
“Get up and head south on the road
that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.”
So he got up and set out.
Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,
a court official of the Candace,
that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,
in charge of her entire treasury,
who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.
Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
The Spirit said to Philip,
“Go and join up with that chariot.”
Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said,
“Do you understand what you are reading?”
He replied,
“How can I, unless someone instructs me?”
So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him.
This was the Scripture passage he was reading:

Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who will tell of his posterity?
For his life is taken from the earth.

Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply,
“I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this?
About himself, or about someone else?”
Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture passage,
he proclaimed Jesus to him.
As they traveled along the road
they came to some water,
and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water.
What is to prevent my being baptized?”
Then he ordered the chariot to stop,
and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water,
and he baptized him.
When they came out of the water,
the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away,
and the eunuch saw him no more,
but continued on his way rejoicing.
Philip came to Azotus, and went about proclaiming the good news
to all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 66:8-9, 16-17, 20

  1. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Bless our God, you peoples,
    loudly sound his praise;
    He has given life to our souls,
    and has not let our feet slip.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
    what he has done for me.
    When I appealed to him in words,
    praise was on the tip of my tongue.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Blessed be God who refused me not
    my prayer or his kindness!
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 6:51

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the living bread that came down from heaven,
    says the Lord;
    whoever eats this bread will live forever.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 6:44-51

Jesus said to the crowds:
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:

They shall all be taught by God.

Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my Flesh for the life of the world.”

 

April 20, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
Friday of Third Week of Easter
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading Saul thinks he is called to imprison Christians. On his way to Damacus, he experiences his own conversion when he was thrown to the ground and encounters the Lord. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that whoever eats the flesh of the Son of Man will live forever.

Let us be Jesus’ presence in the world.  Saul’s conversion can be described as metanoia, the Greek word for a radical change of heart. It means seeing with new eyes. It fuels our vision and has the potential to change our relationship with others. The Easter season calls us to live out the radical change we have experienced because of Jesus’ resurrection, and be his witnesses in the world.

Friday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 277

Reading 1 Acts 9:1-20

Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,
went to the high priest and asked him
for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,
if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,
he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.
On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,
a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
He said, “Who are you, sir?”
The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.”
The men who were traveling with him stood speechless,
for they heard the voice but could see no one.
Saul got up from the ground,
but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing;
so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus.
For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias,
and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.”
He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”
The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight
and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul.
He is there praying,
and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias
come in and lay his hands on him,
that he may regain his sight.”
But Ananias replied,
“Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man,
what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem.
And here he has authority from the chief priests
to imprison all who call upon your name.”
But the Lord said to him,
“Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine
to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel,
and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.”
So Ananias went and entered the house;
laying his hands on him, he said,
“Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me,
Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came,
that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes
and he regained his sight.
He got up and was baptized,
and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.

He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus,
and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues,
that he is the Son of God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 117:1bc, 2

  1. (Mark 16:15) Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Praise the LORD, all you nations;
    glorify him, all you peoples!
    R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
    and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
    R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 6:56

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood,
    remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 6:52-59

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my Flesh is true food,
and my Blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

 

April 21, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
Saturday of Third Week of Easter
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the reading from Acts, we hear that the early Church continues to grow, and Peter continues to work miracles in the name of Jesus. In the Gospel, some followers choose to walk away from the Lord, but Peter says he has come to believe that Jesus has the words of eternal life.

Seek to lead lives pleasing to the Lord. As followers of Jesus, sometimes we are called to lead lives that are countercultural to society’s norms. The world often teaches us that what we want is most important. Our faith teaches us that following the Master’s Way is of much greater importance.

Saturday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 278

Reading 1 Acts 9:31-42

The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria
was at peace.
She was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord,
and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit she grew in numbers.

As Peter was passing through every region,
he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda.
There he found a man named Aeneas,
who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed.
Peter said to him,
“Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed.”
He got up at once.
And all the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon saw him,
and they turned to the Lord.

Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha
(which translated is Dorcas).
She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving.
Now during those days she fell sick and died,
so after washing her, they laid her out in a room upstairs.
Since Lydda was near Joppa,
the disciples, hearing that Peter was there,
sent two men to him with the request,
“Please come to us without delay.”
So Peter got up and went with them.
When he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs
where all the widows came to him weeping
and showing him the tunics and cloaks
that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed.
Then he turned to her body and said, “Tabitha, rise up.”
She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up.
He gave her his hand and raised her up,
and when he had called the holy ones and the widows,
he presented her alive.
This became known all over Joppa,
and many came to believe in the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

  1. (12) How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    How shall I make a return to the LORD
    for all the good he has done for me?
    The cup of salvation I will take up,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD
    R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    My vows to the LORD I will pay
    in the presence of all his people.
    Precious in the eyes of the LORD
    is the death of his faithful ones.
    R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    O LORD, I am your servant;
    I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
    you have loosed my bonds.
    To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
    R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia See Jn 6:63c, 68c

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
    you have the words of everlasting life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 6:60-69

Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said,
“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this,
he said to them, “Does this shock you?
What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.
The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.
But there are some of you who do not believe.”
Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe
and the one who would betray him.
And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me
unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this,
many of his disciples returned to their former way of life
and no longer walked with him.
Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe
and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

 

April 22, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
Fourth Sunday of Easter
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, Peter says, there is no salvation through anyone else but Jesus. In the reading from the first Letter of John, we are called children of God. In the Gospel, Jesus says that he is the Good Shepherd, and he will lay his life down for us, his sheep.

It is in and through, Jesus alone that we can attain salvation. Our world often tells us that we should be strong, secure and self-sufficient on our own. We may be able to do this in certain areas of our lives, but not when it comes to salvation. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who is our strength, our protection and our salvation.

Fourth Sunday of Easter
Lectionary: 50

Reading 1 Acts 4:8-12

Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:
“Leaders of the people and elders:
If we are being examined today
about a good deed done to a cripple,
namely, by what means he was saved,
then all of you and all the people of Israel should know
that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;
in his name this man stands before you healed.
He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,
which has become the cornerstone.

There is no salvation through anyone else,
nor is there any other name under heaven
given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29

  1. (22) The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
    for his mercy endures forever.
    It is better to take refuge in the LORD
    than to trust in man.
    It is better to take refuge in the LORD
    than to trust in princes.
    R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
    and have been my savior.
    The stone which the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.
    By the LORD has this been done;
    it is wonderful in our eyes.
    R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
    we bless you from the house of the LORD.
    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
    and have been my savior.
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
    for his kindness endures forever.
    R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Reading 2 1 Jn 3:1-2

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.

Alleluia Jn 10:14

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
    I know my sheep, and mine know me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 10:11-18

Jesus said:
“I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
and the wolf catches and scatters them.
This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,
and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
This is why the Father loves me,
because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.
I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
This command I have received from my Father.”