Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Acts 17.15, 22-18.1

Those who escorted Paul
brought him as far as Athens.
They left, receiving instructions for Silas and Timothy,
that they should come to him very quickly.

Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus, and said,
“You men of Athens,
I perceive that you are very religious
in every way.
For as I passed along
and observed the objects of your worship,
I found also an altar with this inscription:

What therefore you worship in ignorance,
I announce to you:
The God who made the world and all things in it,
Lord of heaven and earth,
he does not dwell in temples made with hands,
nor is he served by human hands,
as though he needed anything,
since he himself gives to all
life and breath and all things.
He made from one, all nations of humans
dwelling upon all faces of the earth,
having determined appointed seasons,
and the boundaries of their places,

so that they should seek God,
even perhaps they might reach for him and find him,
though he is not far from any one of us.
For in him we live, and move, and have our being.
As some of your own poets have said,
‘For we are also his offspring.
Being then the offspring of God,
we ought not to think
that the Divine Nature is like
gold, or silver, or stone,
engraved by art and design of humans.

The times of ignorance therefore
God overlooked.
But now he commands that
all people everywhere should repent,
because he has appointed a day
on which he will judge the world
in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained;
of which he has given assurance to all,
in that he has raised him from the dead.”

Now when they heard of
the resurrection of the dead,
some mocked; but others said,
“We want to hear you again concerning this.”
Thus Paul went out from among them.
But certain men joined with him, and believed,
among whom also was Dionysius the Areopagite,
and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

After these things Paul departed from Athens
and went to Corinth.

Responsorial – Psalm 148.1-2, 11-12, 13, 14 Resp. 13c

R. His glory is above the earth and the heavens. or R. Alleluia

Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all his host!

R. His glory is above the earth and the heavens. or R. Alleluia

Kings of the earth and all peoples;
princes and all judges of the earth;
both young men and maidens;
old men and children:

R. His glory is above the earth and the heavens. or R. Alleluia

Let them praise the Lord’s name,
for his name alone is exalted.
His glory is above the earth and the heavens.

R. His glory is above the earth and the heavens. or R. Alleluia

He has lifted up the horn of his people,
the praise of all his saints;
even of the children of Israel, a people near to him.

R. His glory is above the earth and the heavens. or R. Alleluia

Gospel – John 16.12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have yet many things to tell you,
but you cannot bear them now.
However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come,
he will guide you into all truth,
for he will not speak from himself;
but whatever he hears, he will speak.
He will declare to you things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
for he will take from what is mine,
and will declare it to you.
All things whatever the Father has are mine;
therefore I said that he takes of mine,
and will declare it to you.”

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