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Friday 13th May

First Reading: Acts 13: 26-33

Paul stood up in the synagogue at Antioch in Pisidia, held up a hand for silence and began to speak: ‘My brothers, sons of Abraham’s race, and all you who fear God, this message of salvation is meant for you.  What the people of Jerusalem and their rulers did, though they did not realise it, was in fact to fulfil the prophecies read on every sabbath.  Though they found nothing to justify his death, they condemned him and asked Pilate to have him executed.  When they had carried out everything that scripture foretells about him they took him down from the tree and buried him in a tomb.  But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied him from Galilee to Jerusalem: and it is these same companions of his who are now his witnesses before your people.

‘We have come here to tell you the Good News.  It was to our ancestors that God made the promise but it is to us, their children, that he has fulfilled it, by raising Jesus from the dead.  As scripture says in the first psalm: You are my son: today I have become your father.’

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 2: 6-11
Response: You are my Son.  It is I who have begotten you this day

  1. ‘It is I who have set up my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.’
    I will announce the decrees of the Lord:
    The Lord said to me: ‘You are my Son.
    It is I who have begotten you this day.’
  2. ‘Ask and I shall bequeath you the nations,
    put the ends of the earth in your possession.
    With a rod of iron you will break them,
    shatter them like a potter’s jar.’
  3. Now, O kings, understand,
    take warning rulers of the earth;
    serve the Lord with awe
    and trembling, pay him your homage.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Alleluia!

Gospel: John 14: 1-6

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God still, and trust in me.  There are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not, I should have told you.  I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me; so that where I am you may be too.  You know the way to the place where I am going.’

Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’  Jesus said: ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.’

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