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Meditation: Acts 18:23-28

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6th Week of Easter

[In regions where the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on the following Sunday.]

Entrance Antiphon

O chosen people, proclaim the mighty works of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light, alleluia. Cf. 1 Pt 2:9

Collect

O God, whose Son, at his Ascension to the heavens,
was pleased to promise the Holy Spirit to the Apostles,
grant, we pray,
that, just as they received manifold gifts of heavenly teaching,
so on us, too, you may bestow spiritual gifts.
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. Amen.
OR
Constantly shape our minds, we pray, O Lord,
by the practice of good works,
that, trying always for what is better,
we may strive to hold ever fast to the Paschal Mystery.
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. Amen.

Acts 18:23-28

After staying in Antioch some time, Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence through the Galatian country and Phrygia, bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus. He was an authority on the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and, with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the Way of God more accurately. And when he wanted to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. After his arrival he gave great assistance to those who had come to believe through grace. He vigorously refuted the Jews in public, establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Psalm 47

R. God is king of all the earth.
or R. Alleluia.

All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
For the Lord, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth. R.
For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne. R.
The princes of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For God’s are the guardians of the earth;
he is supreme. R.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia.
I come from the Father and have come into the world;
now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father. Jn 16:28
Alleluia, alleluia.

John 16:23b-28

Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell you clearly about the Father. On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you. For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

Prayer over the Offerings

Graciously sanctify these gifts, O Lord, we pray,
and, accepting the oblation of this spiritual sacrifice,
make of us an eternal offering to you.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Communion Antiphon

Father, I wish that, where I am,
those you gave me may also be with me,
that they may see the glory that you gave me, alleluia. Jn 17:24

Prayer after Communion

We have partaken of the gifts of this sacred mystery,
humbly imploring, O Lord,
that what your Son commanded us to do in memory of him
may bring us growth in charity.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Daily Meditation: Acts 18:23-28

Paul . . . traveled . . . through the Galatian country and Phrygia. (Acts 18:23)

Whenever the Book of Acts starts listing places like “Phrygia” and “Achaia,” even the most stalwart among us have probably jumped to the next verse. But have you ever thought about taking a moment to research a city, person, or historical context? Doing so not only uncovers greater richness inside the passage, but it also allows you to understand more of what God may be saying to you.

If you search the Internet for a map of Paul’s missionary journeys, for example, you might notice that his journey from Antioch through Galatia and Phrygia took him farther and farther west into pagan territory. Based on that, you might find his missionary zeal inspiring.

By digging into Paul’s contemporary Apollos and his native city of Alexandria, you might learn that Alexandria had a library of more than half a million scrolls. That could lead you to conclude that Apollos had probably received an excellent education. Today’s reading indicates that his education in the “Way of the Lord” was not finished until Apollos humbled himself to learn about Christian baptism from Priscilla and Aquila, simple tent makers (Acts 18:25-26). This could remind you that God speaks and works through ordinary people—sometimes people from a different background than yours.

If you didn’t remember how Priscilla and Aquila fit into Acts, you could look them up and discover that Paul met this couple in Corinth, the capital of Achaia. You might make the connection that Apollos wanted to preach next in Achaia, the very region where his teachers came from. How convenient that Priscilla, Aquila, and Paul could send letters of introduction for him! What a reminder that God uses our relationships within the body of Christ to advance his work and our well-being!

With a simple Bible dictionary, concordance, or the Internet, we can see more clearly who God is and how he has worked in people’s lives throughout history. We can come to know Christ, the living Word, through Scripture.

“Father, help me understand your word.”

Psalm 47:2-3, 8-10
John 16:23-28

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