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Daily Readings Monday 13th May 2019

May 13

Monday 13 May 2019 Monday of the 4th week of Eastertide  or Our Lady of Fátima  Liturgical Colour: White.

Entrance Antiphon: Rm 6: 9

Christ having risen from the dead dies now no more; death will no longer have dominion over him alleluia.


O God perfect light of the blessed by whose gift we celebrate the paschal mysteries on earth bring us we pray to rejoice in the full measure of your grace for ages unending. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever.

First Reading: Acts 11:1-18

God can grant even the pagans the repentance that leads to life

The apostles and the brothers in Judaea heard that the pagans too had accepted the word of God and when Peter came up to Jerusalem the Jews criticised him and said ‘So you have been visiting the uncircumcised and eating with them have you?’ Peter in reply gave them the details point by point: ‘One day when I was in the town of Jaffa ’ he began ‘I fell into a trance as I was praying and had a vision of something like a big sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners. This sheet reached the ground quite close to me. I watched it intently and saw all sorts of animals and wild beasts – everything possible that could walk crawl or fly. Then I heard a voice that said to me “Now Peter; kill and eat!” But I answered: Certainly not Lord; nothing profane or unclean has ever crossed my lips. And a second time the voice spoke from heaven “What God has made clean you have no right to call profane.” This was repeated three times before the whole of it was drawn up to heaven again.

‘Just at that moment three men stopped outside the house where we were staying; they had been sent from Caesarea to fetch me and the Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going back with them. The six brothers here came with me as well and we entered the man’s house. He told us he had seen an angel standing in his house who said “Send to Jaffa and fetch Simon known as Peter; he has a message for you that will save you and your entire household.”

‘I had scarcely begun to speak when the Holy Spirit came down on them in the same way as it came on us at the beginning and I remembered that the Lord had said “John baptised with water but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.” I realised then that God was giving them the identical thing he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ; and who was I to stand in God’s way?’
This account satisfied them and they gave glory to God. ‘God’ they said ‘can evidently grant even the pagans the repentance that leads to life.’

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 41(42):2-3 42:3-4

My soul is thirsting for God the God of my life. or Alleluia!

Like the deer that yearns
for running streams
so my soul is yearning
for you my God.

My soul is thirsting for God the God of my life. or Alleluia!

My soul is thirsting for God
the God of my life;
when can I enter and see
the face of God?

My soul is thirsting for God the God of my life. or Alleluia!

O send forth your light and your truth;
let these be my guide.
Let them bring me to your holy mountain
to the place where you dwell.

My soul is thirsting for God the God of my life. or Alleluia!

And I will come to the altar of God
the God of my joy.
My redeemer I will thank you on the harp
O God my God.

My soul is thirsting for God the God of my life. or Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation: John 10:14

Alleluia alleluia!

I am the good shepherd says the Lord; I know my own sheep and my own know me.

Gospel: John 10:1-10

I am the gate of the sheepfold

Jesus said: ‘I tell you most solemnly anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate but gets in some other way is a thief and a brigand. The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper lets him in the sheep hear his voice one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out. When he has brought out his flock he goes ahead of them and the sheep follow because they know his voice. They never follow a stranger but run away from him: they do not recognise the voice of strangers.’

Jesus told them this parable but they failed to understand what he meant by telling it to them.

So Jesus spoke to them again: ‘I tell you most solemnly I am the gate of the sheepfold. All others who have come are thieves and brigands; but the sheep took no notice of them. I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: he will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’

Prayer over the Offerings:

Receive O Lord we pray these offerings of your exultant Church and as you have given her cause for such great gladness grant also that the gifts we bring may bear fruit in perpetual happiness. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: John 20: 19

Jesus stood in the midst of his disciples and said to them: Peace be with you alleluia.

Prayer after Communion:

Look with kindness upon your people O Lord and grant we pray that those you were pleased to renew by eternal mysteries may attain in their flesh the incorruptible glory of the resurrection. Through Christ our Lord.

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