5. READINGS FOR THE DAY

The readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

(Acts 10: 25-26, 34-35, 44-48 NRSV)

On Peter’s arrival Cornelius met him, and falling at his feet, worshiped him. But Peter made him get up, saying, “Stand up; I am only a mortal.”

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.


Responsorial Psalm


(Psalm 97(98):1-4 NRSV)

Resp: The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.
 
            O sing to the LORD a new song,
                        for he has done marvelous things.
            His right hand and his holy arm
                        have gotten him victory.
 
Resp: The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.
 
            The LORD has made known his victory;
                        he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
            He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
                        to the house of Israel.
 
Resp: The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.
 
            All the ends of the earth have seen
                        the victory of our God.
            Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
                        break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
 
Resp: The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.

A reading from the first epistle of John

1 John 4:7-10 (NRSV)

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

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