Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter - 24th May 2017
Reading 1, Acts 17:15, 22--18:1
15 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.
22 So 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,
23 because, as I strolled round looking at your sacred monuments, I noticed among other things an altar inscribed: To An Unknown God. In fact, the unknown God you revere is the one I proclaim to you.
25 Nor is he in need of anything, that he should be served by human hands; on the contrary, it is he who gives everything -- including life and breath -- to everyone.
26 From one single principle he not only created the whole human race so that they could occupy the entire earth, but he decreed the times and limits of their habitation.
27 And he did this so that they might seek the deity and, by feeling their way towards him, succeed in finding him; and indeed he is not far from any of us,
28 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.
30 'But now, overlooking the times of ignorance, God is telling everyone everywhere that they must repent,
32 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 another time.'
33 After that Paul left them,
34 but there were some who attached themselves to him and became believers, among them Dionysius the Aeropagite and a woman called Damaris, and others besides.
1 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth,
The Word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh from the heavens, praise him in the heights.
2 Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host!
11 kings of the earth and all nations, princes and all judges on earth,
12 young men and girls, old people and children together.
13 Let them praise the name of Yahweh, for his name alone is sublime, his splendour transcends earth and heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I will ask the Father
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you always.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel, John 16:12-15
THE SPIRIT WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH
12 I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you to bear now.
13 However, when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking of his own accord, but will say only what he has been told; and he will reveal to you the things to come.
15 Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: all he reveals to you will be taken from what is mine.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Holy Spirit, thank you for this gift of knowing the truth of the Father (who gave us his Son), Son (who gave us himself), and Holy Spirit (who lives in our hearts as our constant companion now) You will guide us to the truth. Amen
Father, may I bear fruit abundantly and more abundantly (Jn 15:5, 2).