Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Acts 18.9-18

The Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision,
“Do not be afraid,
but speak and do not be silent;
for I am with you,
and no one will attack you to harm you,
for I have many people in this city.”

He lived there a year and six months,
teaching the word of God among them.
But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia,
the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul
and brought him before the judgment seat,
saying, “This one persuades humans
to worship God contrary to the law.”

But when Paul was about to open his mouth,
Gallio said to the Jews,
“If indeed it were a matter of wrong or of wicked crime,
it would be reasonable that
I should bear with you Jews;
but if they are questions about
words and names and your own law,
look to it yourselves.
For I do not want
to be a judge of these matters.”
He drove them from the judgment seat.

Then they laid hold of Sosthenes,
the ruler of the synagogue,
and beat him before the judgment seat.
But Gallio did not care about any of these things.

Paul, having stayed after this many more days,
took his leave of the brothers,
and sailed from there for Syria,
together with Priscilla and Aquila.
He shaved his head in Kenchreae,
for he had taken a vow.

Responsorial – Psalm 47.2-3, 4-5, 6-7 Resp. 8a

R. God reigns over the nations. or R. Alleluia!

O clap your hands, all you nations.
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
For The Lord Most High is awesome.
He is a great King over all the earth.

R. God reigns over the nations. or R. Alleluia!

He subdues nations under us,
and peoples under our feet.
He chooses our inheritance for us,
the glory of Jacob whom he loved.

R. God reigns over the nations. or R. Alleluia!

God has gone up with a shout,
The Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praise to God, sing praises.
Sing praises to our King, sing praises.

R. God reigns over the nations. or R. Alleluia!

Gospel – John 16.20-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I tell you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice.
You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
A woman, while in labor, has sorrow, because her time has come.
But when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish anymore,
for the joy that a human is born into the world.

Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again,
and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.
On that day you will ask me no questions.
Amen, amen, I tell you, whatever you may ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.”

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