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May 7, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, Paul and Timothy travel to cities on the Aegean Sea. In Philippi, they speak with women gathered and meet Lydia, who is baptized with her household. In the Gospel, Jesus explains that the Spirit will be sent to strengthen the disciples, who will face persecution by those who think they know God, but who know neither the Father nor the Son.

The Spirit will testify on behalf of Jesus and will strengthen his disciples as they testify.  Today, we consider how God’s Spirit can direct our lives, just as it strengthened and led the earliest disciples. Our path may be filled with trials and uncertainty, but the Spirit can act on our behalf and direct in our actions.

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 291

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Reading 1 Acts 16:11-15

We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,
and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,
a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.
We spent some time in that city.
On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river
where we thought there would be a place of prayer.
We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.
One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,
from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened,
and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention
to what Paul was saying.
After she and her household had been baptized,
she offered us an invitation,
“If you consider me a believer in the Lord,
come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b

  1. (see 4a) The Lord takes delight in his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Sing to the LORD a new song
    of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
    Let Israel be glad in their maker,
    let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
    R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
    let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
    For the LORD loves his people,
    and he adorns the lowly with victory.
    R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let the faithful exult in glory;
    let them sing for joy upon their couches.
    Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
    This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
    R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 15:26b, 27a

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord,
    and you also will testify.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 15:26—16:4a

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you
will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes
you may remember that I told you.”

 

May 8, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the Acts of the Apostles, Paul and Silas are jailed for their preaching. After prayer, the prison doors re opened by an earthquake, and the jailer is converted by their preaching. In John’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples that he will go to the Father, but will send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit remains to help us until Jesus returns. The Holy Spirit is the Advocate that Jesus sent upon his ascension to heaven. With the guidance of the Spirit we can live the life of discipleship to which we are called. Jesus did not leave us alone when he ascended, and we should find consolation and comfort in that.

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 292

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Reading 1 Acts 16:22-34

The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas,
and the magistrates had them stripped
and ordered them to be beaten with rods.
After inflicting many blows on them,
they threw them into prison
and instructed the jailer to guard them securely.
When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell
and secured their feet to a stake.

About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying
and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,
there was suddenly such a severe earthquake
that the foundations of the jail shook;
all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose.
When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open,
he drew his sword and was about to kill himself,
thinking that the prisoners had escaped.
But Paul shouted out in a loud voice,
“Do no harm to yourself; we are all here.”
He asked for a light and rushed in and,
trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas.
Then he brought them out and said,
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus
and you and your household will be saved.”
So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house.
He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds;
then he and all his family were baptized at once.
He brought them up into his house and provided a meal
and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8

  1. (7c) Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
    for you have heard the words of my mouth;
    in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
    I will worship at your holy temple,
    and give thanks to your name.
    R. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Because of your kindness and your truth,
    you have made great above all things
    your name and your promise.
    When I called, you answered me;
    you built up strength within me.
    R. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Your right hand saves me.
    The LORD will complete what he has done for me;
    your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
    forsake not the work of your hands.
    R. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia See Jn 16:7, 13

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
    he will guide you to all truth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 16:5-11

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Now I am going to the one who sent me,
and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
But if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes he will convict the world
in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
sin, because they do not believe in me;
righteousness, because I am going to the Father
and you will no longer see me;
condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”

 

May 9, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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Paul’s preaching receives a lukewarm reception in Athens where only a few become believes. They are intrigued by his words until he speaks about the Resurrection. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks about the coming of the Holy Spirit to his disciples. He will be the Spirit of Truth, and the one who will guide them.

Let the spirit of truth be our guide. Our faith does not rely on the opinion of the crowd or the wisdom of Philosophers. We receive the gift of faith through the grace of God. The Spirit moves our hearts to recognize the truth when we hear it proclaimed or when we read it in the Scriptures.

Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 293

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Reading 1 Acts 17:15, 22—18:1

After Paul’s escorts had taken him to Athens,
they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothy
to join him as soon as possible.

Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said:
“You Athenians, I see that in every respect
you are very religious.
For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines,
I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’
What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.
The God who made the world and all that is in it,
the Lord of heaven and earth,
does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human hands,
nor is he served by human hands because he needs anything.
Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.
He made from one the whole human race
to dwell on the entire surface of the earth,
and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions,
so that people might seek God,
even perhaps grope for him and find him,
though indeed he is not far from any one of us.
For ‘In him we live and move and have our being,’
as even some of your poets have said,
‘For we too are his offspring.’
Since therefore we are the offspring of God,
we ought not to think that the divinity is like an image
fashioned from gold, silver, or stone by human art and imagination.
God has overlooked the times of ignorance,
but now he demands that all people everywhere repent
because he has established a day on which he will ‘judge the world
with justice’ through a man he has appointed,
and he has provided confirmation for all
by raising him from the dead.”

When they heard about resurrection of the dead,
some began to scoff, but others said,
“We should like to hear you on this some other time.”
And so Paul left them.
But some did join him, and became believers.
Among them were Dionysius,
a member of the Court of the Areopagus,
a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

After this he left Athens and went to Corinth.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14

  1. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Praise the LORD from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights.
    Praise him, all you his angels;
    praise him, all you his hosts.
    R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let the kings of the earth and all peoples,
    the princes and all the judges of the earth,
    Young men too, and maidens,
    old men and boys.
    R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Praise the name of the LORD,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    His majesty is above earth and heaven.
    R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He has lifted up the horn of his people;
    Be this his praise from all his faithful ones,
    from the children of Israel, the people close to him.
    Alleluia.
    R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 14:16

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I will ask the Father
    and he will give you another Advocate
    to be with you always.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

 

May 10, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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When Paul preaches to the Jews in Corinth, and finds them unwillingly to hear his message, he turns to sharing the message with the Gentiles. In the Gospel, the disciples are confused by Jesus’ words, so he reassures them that their grief upon his leaving will one day turn to joy.

Even when life is most difficult, we can trust that God is with us. We cannot anticipate what life holds for us. But from the promises that God made through Jesus, we can trust that his grace and strength will sustain us through even the darkest times and lead us to a joyful reunion with him in heaven.

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 294

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Reading 1 Acts 18:1-8

Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus,
who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla
because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome.
He went to visit them and, because he practiced the same trade,
stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.
Every sabbath, he entered into discussions in the synagogue,
attempting to convince both Jews and Greeks.

When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia,
Paul began to occupy himself totally with preaching the word,
testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus.
When they opposed him and reviled him,
he shook out his garments and said to them,
“Your blood be on your heads!
I am clear of responsibility.
From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
So he left there and went to a house
belonging to a man named Titus Justus, a worshiper of God;
his house was next to a synagogue.
Crispus, the synagogue official, came to believe in the Lord
along with his entire household, and many of the Corinthians
who heard believed and were baptized.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4

  1. (see 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD has made his salvation known:
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    break into song; sing praise.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia See Jn 14:18

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord;
    I will come back to you, and your hearts will rejoice.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 16:16-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“A little while and you will no longer see me,
and again a little while later and you will see me.”
So some of his disciples said to one another,
“What does this mean that he is saying to us,
‘A little while and you will not see me,
and again a little while and you will see me,’
and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”
So they said, “What is this ‘little while’ of which he speaks?
We do not know what he means.”
Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them,
“Are you discussing with one another what I said,
‘A little while and you will not see me,
and again a little while and you will see me’?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”

 

May 11, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, Paul hears the Lord tell him to stay in Corinth and continue his work despite treats from the Jewish community there. Paul trusts in God’s word and stays. In the Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples to be persistent, despite hardships, and they will one day know the joy of seeing him again.

When we call out to the Lord in our need, he will answer us. We all like to be assured that when we take an action, it will be the right thing and we won’t look foolish doing it. Today’s readings ask us to do what Jesus would have us do – even if that take courage. He will protect us and answer our call for help. That is assurance.

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 295

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Reading 1 Acts 18:9-18

One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision,
“Do not be afraid.
Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.
No one will attack and harm you,
for I have many people in this city.”
He settled there for a year and a half
and taught the word of God among them.

But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia,
the Jews rose up together against Paul
and brought him to the tribunal, saying,
“This man is inducing people to worship God contrary to the law.”
When Paul was about to reply, Gallio spoke to the Jews,
“If it were a matter of some crime or malicious fraud,
I should with reason hear the complaint of you Jews;
but since it is a question of arguments over doctrine and titles
and your own law, see to it yourselves.
I do not wish to be a judge of such matters.”
And he drove them away from the tribunal.
They all seized Sosthenes, the synagogue official,
and beat him in full view of the tribunal.
But none of this was of concern to Gallio.

Paul remained for quite some time,
and after saying farewell to the brothers he sailed for Syria,
together with Priscilla and Aquila.
At Cenchreae he had shaved his head because he had taken a vow.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

  1. (8a) God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    All you peoples, clap your hands,
    shout to God with cries of gladness,
    For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
    is the great king over all the earth.
    R. God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He brings people under us;
    nations under our feet.
    He chooses for us our inheritance,
    the glory of Jacob, whom he loves.
    R. God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy;
    the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.
    Sing praise to God, sing praise;
    sing praise to our king, sing praise.
    R. God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia See Lk 24:46, 26

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead,
    and so enter into his glory.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 16:20-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish.
But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you.
On that day you will not question me about anything.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”

 

May 12, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we hear of the travels of Apollo, who boldly preached the Gospel whenever he went. In the Gospel, Jesus promises that whatever we ask of God in Jesus’ name will be given to us so that our joy maybe complete.

Prayer is an essential component of our lives. Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel that whatever we ask in his name will be granted by God. Our prayer are inseparable from our lives. Let us turn to God in prayer so that we may know the joy of which Jesus speaks.

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 296

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Reading 1 Acts 18:23-28

After staying in Antioch some time,
Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 47:2-3, 8-9, 10

  1. (8a) God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    All you peoples, clap your hands;
    shout to God with cries of gladness.
    For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
    is the great king over all the earth.
    R. God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    For king of all the earth is God;
    sing hymns of praise.
    God reigns over the nations,
    God sits upon his holy throne.
    R. God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The princes of the peoples are gathered together
    with the people of the God of Abraham.
    For God’s are the guardians of the earth;
    he is supreme.
    R. God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 16:28

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I came from the Father and have come into the world;
    now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 16:23b-28

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

 

May 13, 2018 – The Ascension of the Lord

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the reading from Acts, we learn that the first order of business after the Ascension is for the Apostles to pick a replacement for Judas: Matthias is chosen. In our second reading, John reminds us that if we love one another, God remains in us. Jesus’ farewell prayer in the Gospel before his impending death is for his disciples to be one as he and his Father are one.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus prays for his disciples as they go out into the world – that they be protected and unified, and filled with his joy. Our heavenly father wishes the same for us as we face each day striving to be his faithful disciples.

The Ascension of the Lord
Lectionary: 58

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Reading 1 Acts 1:1-11

In the first book, Theophilus,
I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught
until the day he was taken up,
after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit
to the apostles whom he had chosen.
He presented himself alive to them
by many proofs after he had suffered,
appearing to them during forty days
and speaking about the kingdom of God.
While meeting with them,
he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,
but to wait for “the promise of the Father
about which you have heard me speak;
for John baptized with water,
but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

When they had gathered together they asked him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
that the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
When he had said this, as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9

  1. (6) God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    All you peoples, clap your hands,
    shout to God with cries of gladness,
    For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
    is the great king over all the earth.
    R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy;
    the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.
    Sing praise to God, sing praise;
    sing praise to our king, sing praise.
    R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    For king of all the earth is God;
    sing hymns of praise.
    God reigns over the nations,
    God sits upon his holy throne.
    R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Reading 2 Eph 1:17-23

Brothers and sisters:
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory
in his inheritance among the holy ones,
and what is the surpassing greatness of his power
for us who believe,
in accord with the exercise of his great might,
which he worked in Christ,
raising him from the dead
and seating him at his right hand in the heavens,
far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,
and every name that is named
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things beneath his feet
and gave him as head over all things to the church,
which is his body,
the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

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  Eph 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 11-13

Brothers and sisters,
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit
through the bond of peace:
one body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

But grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Therefore, it says:
He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;
he gave gifts to men.
What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended
into the lower regions of the earth?
The one who descended is also the one who ascended
far above all the heavens,
that he might fill all things.

And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature to manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ.

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Brothers and sisters,
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the calling
you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace:
one body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

But grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature to manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ.

Alleluia Mt 28:19a, 20b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Go and teach all nations, says the Lord;
    I am with you always, until the end of the world.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 16:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.