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7th Week of Easter
The disciples devoted themselves with one accord to prayer
with the women, and Mary the Mother of Jesus,
and his brethren, alleluia. Acts 1:14
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that we, who have celebrated the paschal festivities,
may by your gift hold fast to them
in the way that we live our lives.
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 28:16-20, 30-31
When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.
Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers, although I had done nothing against our people or our ancestral customs, I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem. After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me, because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty. But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation. This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel that I wear these chains.”
He remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
R. The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
or R. Alleluia.
The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes behold,
his searching glance is on mankind. R.
The Lord searches the just and the wicked;
the lover of violence he hates.
For the Lord is just, he loves just deeds;
the upright shall see his face. R.
I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
he will guide you to all truth. Jn 16:7, 13
Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You follow me.” So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours?”
It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.
Prayer over the Offerings
May the Holy Spirit coming near, we pray, O Lord,
prepare our minds for the divine Sacrament,
since the Spirit himself is the remission of all sins.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Holy Spirit will glorify me,
for he will take from what is mine and declare it to you,
says the Lord, alleluia. Jn 16:14
Prayer after Communion
Hear in your compassion our prayers, O Lord,
that, as we have been brought
from things of the past to new mysteries,
so, with former ways left behind,
we may be made new in holiness of mind.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Today's Meditation: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31
Without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God. (Acts 28:31)
Paul was under house arrest. As he awaited his trial in Rome, he lived by himself with a soldier guarding him, and people continued to visit him (Acts 28:16). “Without hindrance,” Luke tells us, he “proclaimed the Kingdom of God” (28:31).
Paul’s example of sharing the gospel in such challenging conditions tells us that no matter what our circumstances, God still provides opportunities for us to share our faith. Perhaps you are reading this meditation from inside a prison cell. Or maybe you feel stuck at home with small children or tied to your desk at your job. Even if your situation feels confining, it is not a hindrance to sharing the gospel. Like Paul, you can still find opportunities to tell people about the Lord and what he has done in your life.
How reassuring this is! Our circumstances don’t have to prevent us from responding to Jesus’ commandment to “go, . . . and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).
This is also a reason to rejoice. Jesus told us how much joy there is in heaven when one sinner repents (Luke 15:7). But did you know that sharing the gospel leads to more joy in our lives as well? We aren’t talking about the kind of joy that arises when all our problems dissolve. We are talking about the kind that comes from sharing the gift of God’s love and forgiveness. It’s the joy that comes as we are reminded of Jesus’ mercy and how he has brought us into a relationship with him.
Even in prison and facing the possibility of execution, Paul must have found great joy in making the most of every opportunity that God gave him to proclaim his word. Ultimately, Paul’s goal wasn’t to escape his difficult circumstances. It was to follow Jesus in all circumstances—and to tell others about him. Today, let’s reflect on his example and ask Jesus how he is inviting us to share him with the people around us.
“Open my eyes, Lord, to the opportunities that you have set before me.”
Psalm 11:4-5, 7
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