Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Friday, 27th May, 2022
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Friday, 6th Week of Easter
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 18:9-18
Theme: I have so many people on my side in this city.
At Corinth one night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision,
‘Do not be afraid to speak out, nor allow yourself to be silenced:
I am with you. I have so many people on my side in this city that no one will even attempt to hurt you.’
So Paul stayed there preaching the word of God among them for eighteen months.
But while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a concerted attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal.
‘We accuse this man’ they said ‘of persuading people to worship God in a way that breaks the Law.’
Before Paul could open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews,
‘Listen, you Jews. If this were a misdemeanour or a crime, I would not hesitate to attend to you; but if it is only quibbles about words and names, and about your own Law, then you must deal with it yourselves-I have no intention of making legal decisions about things like that.’
Then he sent them out of the court, and at once they all turned on Sosthenes, the synagogue president, and beat him in front of the court house. Gallio refused to take any notice at all.
After staying on for some time, Paul took leave of the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut off, because of a vow he had made.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 46
Response God is king of all the earth.
1. All peoples clap your hands,
Cry to God with shouts of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,
great king over all the earth. Response
2. He subdues peoples under us
and nations under our feet.
Our inheritance, our glory, is from him,
given to Jacob out of love. Response
3. God goes up with shouts of joy;
the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Sing praise for God, sing praise,
sing praise to our king, sing praise. Response
Gospel Acclamation Jn 14:26
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.
or Lk 24:46.26
It was ordained that the Christ should suffer and rise from the dead, and so enter into his glory.
Christ has risen and shone upon us whom he redeemed with his blood.
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 16:20-23 Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: No one shall take your joy from you.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I tell you most solemnly, you will be weeping and wailing
while the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.
A woman in childbirth suffers, because her time has come; but when she has given birth to the child
she forgets the suffering in her joy that a man has been born into the world.
So it is with you: you are sad now, but I shall see you again,
and your hearts will be full of joy, and that joy no one shall take from you.
When that day comes, you will not ask me any questions.’
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reflection Friday, Sixth Week of Easter John 16:20-23
At the beginning of today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, the risen Lord says to Paul in the course of his mission in Corinth, ‘Do not be afraid to speak out … I am with you.’ So many times in both the Jewish Scriptures and in the gospels, the Lord says to people, ‘Do not be afraid … I am with you.’ Speaking to Paul, the Lord does not make little of the opposition Paul will encounter in preaching the Gospel in Corinth. The Lord’s words to Paul, ‘Do not allow yourself to be silenced’, presupposes that there are people who are trying to silence Paul, and that becomes evident further on in that reading. Some members of the Jewish community drag Paul to the Roman governor in Corinth on trumped up charges. The opposition is real, but the Lord says to Paul, ‘Do not be afraid… I am with you.’ This is the message that Jesus gives to his disciples in the gospel reading as well. He acknowledges the pain and sorrow that the disciples are experiencing and that lies ahead for them, ‘You will be weeping and wailing … you will be sorrowful … you are sad now.’ Yet Jesus also says to them, ‘I will see you again.’ In other words, ‘I will be with you.’ Because of his presence to them, Jesus says to them, ‘Your hearts will be full of joy, and that joy no one will take from you.’
In both readings the Lord assures us that his presence to us will help us to get through whatever painful experiences come our way. It is good for us to hear that simple but profound message, especially when times are difficult. We are not on our own. The Lord is with us and he will give us the strength we need. Indeed, according to the gospel reading, in the midst of so much that can understandably make us sad and sorrowful, the Lord can give us a share in his own risen joy because of his sustaining presence to us._
The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/The Gospel reflection comes from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2021-2022: My Words Will Not Pass Away by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f c/f www.messenger.ie/bookstore