Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Acts 7.51-8:1a

Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:
“You stiff-necked,
uncircumcised in heart and ears,
you always resist the Holy Spirit!
As your fathers did, so you do.

Which of the prophets
did your fathers not persecute?
They killed those who foretold
the coming of the Righteous One,
of whom you have now become
betrayers and murderers.
You received the law
as transmitted by angels,
and did not keep it!”

Now when they heard these things,
they were cut to the heart,
and they gnashed their teeth at him.
But he, being full of the Holy Spirit,
looked up steadfastly into heaven,
and saw the glory of God,
and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
and said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened,
and the Son of Human
standing at the right hand of God!”
But they cried out with a loud voice,
and stopped their ears,
and rushed at him all together.
They threw him out of the city
and stoned him.

The witnesses placed their garments
at the feet of a young man named Saul.
They stoned Stephen as he called out, saying,
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”
He kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice,
“Lord, do not hold this sin against them!”
When he had said this, he fell asleep.
Saul was consenting to his death.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 31:3cd-4, 6+7b+8a, 17+21ab Resp. 6a

R. Into your hand I commend my spirit, O Lord. or R. Alleluia.

Be to me a strong rock,
a house of defense to save me.
For you are my rock and my fortress,
for your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.

R. Into your hand I commend my spirit, O Lord. or R. Alleluia.

Into your hand I commend my spirit.
You redeem me, O Lord, God of truth.
I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in your loving kindness,

R. Into your hand I commend my spirit, O Lord. or R. Alleluia.

Make your face to shine on your servant.
Save me in your loving kindness.
In the shelter of your presence you will hide them
from the plotting of man.

R. Into your hand I commend my spirit, O Lord. or R. Alleluia.

Gospel – John 6.30-35

So the crowd said to Jesus,
“What then do you do for a sign,
that we may see, and believe you?
What do you do?
Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness.
As it is written,
‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’”

So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I tell you,
it was not Moses who gave
the bread out of heaven,
but my Father gives you
the true bread out of heaven.
For the bread of God is that
which comes down out of heaven
and gives life to the world.”

So they said to him,
“Lord, always give us this bread.”
Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will not hunger,
and he who believes in me will never thirst.

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