Saturday after Epiphany

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 John 5:14-21

This is the boldness which we have toward him,
that, if we ask anything according to his will, he listens to us.
And if we know that he listens to us, whatever we ask,
we know that we shall have what we have asked for.

If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not unto death,
they shall ask,and God will give them life for those who sin not unto death.
There is mortal sin: I am not saying that they should make a request concerning that.
All unrighteousness is sin. And there is sin which is not mortal.

We know that whoever is begotten of God does not sin,
but he protects the begotten of God and the Evil One does not touch him.
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the Evil One.
We know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding,
so that we know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ.
He is the true God and eternal life.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

Responsorial – Psalm 149.1-2, 3-4, 5+6a+9b Resp. 4a

R. For the Lord takes pleasure in his people. or Alleluia!

Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the saints.
Let Israel rejoice in him who made them.
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

R. For the Lord takes pleasure in his people. or Alleluia!

Let them praise his name in the dance!
Let them sing praises to him with tambourine and harp!
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people.
He crowns the humble with salvation.

R. For the Lord takes pleasure in his people. or Alleluia!

Let the saints rejoice in honor.
Let them sing for joy on their beds.
May the high praises of God be in their mouths.
All his saints have this honor. Alleluia.

R. For the Lord takes pleasure in his people. or Alleluia!

Gospel – John 3.22-30

After these things, Jesus came with his disciples into the land of Judea.
He stayed there with them, and baptized.
John also was baptizing in Enon near Salim, because there was much water there.
They came, and were baptized. For John was not yet thrown into prison.
There arose then a debate on the part of John’s disciples with some Jews about purification.
They came to John, and said to him,
“Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified,
behold, he baptizes, and everyone is coming to him.”
John answered, “A human can receive nothing, unless it has been given them from heaven.
You yourselves testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before him.’
He who has the bride is the bridegroom,
but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him,
rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice.
Therefore, this my joy, is complete.
He must increase, but I must decrease.

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