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
Then an angel of the
Lord said to Philip, "Get up and go toward the south to the
road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This is a
wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an
Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the
Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to
Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his
chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said
to Philip, "Go over to this chariot and join it." So
Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He
asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" He
replied, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he
invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of
the scripture that he was reading was this: "Like a sheep he
was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its
shearer, so he does not open his mouth. In his humiliation justice
was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is
taken away from the earth." The eunuch asked Philip,
"About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about
himself or about someone else?" Then Philip began to speak,
and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good
news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to
some water; and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water! What
is to prevent me from being baptized?" He commanded the
chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went
down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up
out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the
eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip
found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region,
he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to
REFRAIN All the ends of
the earth shall turn to the Lord.
praise is of him in the great assembly; I will perform my vows in
the presence of those who worship him.
poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the Lord shall
praise him: "May your heart live for ever!"
the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all
the families of the nations shall bow before him. R
kingship belongs to the Lord; he rules over the nations.
him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; all who
go down to the dust fall before him. R
soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; they
shall be known as the Lord's for ever.
shall come and make known to a people yet unborn the saving deeds
that he has done. R
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF JOHN
Beloved, let us love
one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born
of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for
God is love. God's love was revealed among us in this way: God
sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through
him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us
and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one
another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God
lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that
we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his
Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent
his Son as the Saviour of the world. God abides in those who
confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we
have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love,
and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have
boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in
this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out
fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has
not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us.
Those who say, "I love God," and hate their brothers or
sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister
whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The
commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love
their brothers and sisters also.
1 JOHN 4:7-21
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
Jesus said, "I am
the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every
branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he
prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed
by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in
you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it
abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am
the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in
them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.
Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and
withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and
burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for
whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is
glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my
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.