Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Acts 11.19-26

They who were scattered abroad
by the oppression that arose
on account of Stephen
traveled as far as
Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,
speaking the word to no one except Jews only.
But there were some among them,
men of Cyprus and Cyrene,
who, when they had come to Antioch,
spoke to the Greeks,
preaching the Lord Jesus.

The hand of the Lord was with them,
and a great number believed
and turned to the Lord.
The report concerning them
came to the ears of the assembly
which was in Jerusalem.
They sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch,
When he had arrived and seen the grace of God,
he was glad.
He exhorted them all,
that with firmness of heart
they should remain near to the Lord.
For he was a good man,
and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith,
and many people were added to the Lord.

Barnabas went out to Tarsus to look for Saul.
When he had found him,
he brought him to Antioch.
For a whole year they were
gathered together with the assembly,
and taught many people.

It was in Antioch that the disciples
were first called Christians.

Responsorial – Psalm 87.1b-3, 4-5, 6-7 Resp. 117:1a

R. Praise the Lord all you nations. or R. Alleluia

His foundation is in the holy mountains.
The Lord loves
the gates of Zion
more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Glorious things are spoken about you,
city of God.

R. Praise the Lord all you nations. or R. Alleluia

I will record Egypt and Babylon
among those who acknowledge me.
Behold, Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia:
“This man was born there.”
Yes, of Zion it will be said,
“This one and that one was born in her”;
he will establish her,
the Most High himself, the Lord.

R. Praise the Lord all you nations. or R. Alleluia

They will count, when they enroll the peoples,
“This man was born there.”
Those who sing and those who dance say,
“All my springs are in you.”

R. Praise the Lord all you nations. or R. Alleluia

Gospel – John 10.22-30

It was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem.
It was winter,
and Jesus was walking in the temple,
in Solomon’s Portico.
So the Jews came around him and said to him,
“How long will you hold us in suspense?
If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

Jesus answered them,
“I told you, and you do not believe.
The works that I do in my Father’s name,
these testify about me.
But you do not believe,
because you are not of my sheep,
as I told you.
My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them,
and they follow me.
I give eternal life to them.
They will never perish,
and no one will snatch them
out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me,
is greater than all.
No one is able to snatch them
out of my Father’s hand.
I and the Father are one.”

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