First Reading Acts 14:21-27 (JB) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles They assembled the church and gave an account of all that God had done with them. Paul and Barnabas went back through Lystra and Iconium to Antioch. They put fresh heart into the disciples, encouraging them to persevere in the faith. ‘We…

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First Reading Acts 13:14, 43-52 (JB) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles We are now turning to the gentiles. Paul and Barnabas carried on from Perga till they reached Antioch in Pisidia. Here they went to the synagogue on the sabbath and took their seats. When the meeting broke up, many Jews and…

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First Reading Acts 5:27-32, 40-41 (JB) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles We are witnesses of these words, and so is the Holy Spirit. The high priest demanded an explanation of the apostles. ‘We gave you a formal warning,’ he said ‘not to preach in this name, and what have you done? You…

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First Reading Acts 5:12-16 (JB) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles The numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily. The faithful all used to meet by common consent in the Portico of Solomon. No one else ever dared to join them, but the people were loud…

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First Reading Acts 10:34, 37-43 (JB) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles We have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead. Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John…

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First Reading Isaiah 50:4-7 (JB) A reading from the prophet Isaiah I did not cover my face against insult and I know I will not be ashamed. The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue. So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me with speech. Each morning he wakes…

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First Reading Ezekiel 37:12-14 (Year A) (JB) A reading from the prophet Ezekiel I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live. The Lord says this: I am going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel. And…

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First Reading 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 (Year A) (JB) A reading from the first book of Samuel In the presence of the Lord God, they anointed David king of Israel. The Lord said to Samuel, ‘Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen…

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First Reading Exodus 17:3-7 (Year A) (JB) A reading from the book of Exodus Give us water to drink. Tormented by thirst, the people complained against Moses. ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt?’ they said. ‘Was it so that I should die of thirst, my children too, and my cattle?’ Moses appealed to…

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First Reading Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 (JB) A reading from the book of Genesis God made a covenant with Abraham, his faithful servant. Taking Abram outside the Lord said, ‘Look up to heaven and count the stars if you can. Such will be your descendants’ he told him. Abram put his faith in the Lord, who…

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