SUNDAY OF EASTER
your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.
Give us grace to love one another
and walk in the way of his commandments,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen gazed into heaven and saw the
glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
"Look," he said, "I see the heavens opened and the
Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" But they
covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together
against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to
stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a
young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed,
"Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and
cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin
against them." When he had said this, he died.
REFRAIN Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
your ear to me; make haste to deliver me. R
my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and
my stronghold; for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me. R
me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, for you are
my tower of strength.
your hands I commend my spirit, for you have redeemed me, O Lord,
O God of truth. R
times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and
from those who persecute me.
your face to shine upon your servant, and in your loving kindness
PSALM 31:1-5, 15-16
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PETER
Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that
by it you may grow into salvation if indeed you have tasted that
the Lord is good. Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by
mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living
stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a
holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God
through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: "See, I am
laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and
whoever believes in him will not be put to shame." To you
then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not
believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the
very head of the corner," and "A stone that makes them
stumble, and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble
because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But
you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's
own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him
who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Once you
were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not
received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 PETER 2:2-10
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in
God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many
dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I
go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where
I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place
where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not
know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus
said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No
one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you
will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have
seen him." Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the
Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said to him,
"Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do
not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you
say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the
Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do
not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his
works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;
but if you do not, then believe me because of the works
themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me
will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater
works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do
whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified
in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do
OVER THE GIFTS
you show us your way
and give us your divine life.
May everything we do
be directed by the knowledge of your truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.
God of love,
in this eucharist we have heard your truth
and shared in your life.
May we always walk in your way,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.