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Wednesday of the 5th week of Easter

Prayer

I come before you on this day, O Lord. As the sun rises may your
hope rise up in me. Lord as the birds sing so may your love flow
out of me. As the light floods into this new day, May your joy
shine through me.
I come before you, O Lord and drink in this moment of peace,
That I may carry something of your hope, love, and joy today in
my heart. On this morning, I pray that you give me strength
today, to be strong for You in this world full of temptations.
You know that there are hurdles that I will have to overcome
today. I pray that you be with me as I go through them. Carry
me when I am too weak. Lord, I trust in your unfailing love, in
your promises. I give to you this day and all that it holds.
May I walk in your goodness, knowing that your gentle hand will
guide me, and keep me.
Amen


Morning Devotion and Prayer by Father CK

First reading – Acts 15:1-6

They were to go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders

Some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, ‘Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved.’ This led to disagreement, and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was arranged that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders.

All the members of the church saw them off, and as they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria they told how the pagans had been converted, and this news was received with the greatest satisfaction by the brothers. When they arrived in Jerusalem they were welcomed by the church and by the apostles and elders, and gave an account of all that God had done with them.

But certain members of the Pharisees’ party who had become believers objected, insisting that the pagans should be circumcised and instructed to keep the Law of Moses. The apostles and elders met to look into the matter.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 121(122):1-5

I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’
or
Alleluia!

I rejoiced when I heard them say:
‘Let us go to God’s house.’
And now our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’
or
Alleluia!

Jerusalem is built as a city
strongly compact.
It is there that the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’
or
Alleluia!

For Israel’s law it is,
there to praise the Lord’s name.
There were set the thrones of judgement
of the house of David.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’
or
Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation – Jn10:14
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my own sheep and my own know me.
Alleluia

Or: Jn15:4,5
Alleluia, alleluia!
Make your home in me, as I make mine in you,
says the Lord;
whoever remains in me bears fruit in plenty.
Alleluia!


Gospel – John 15:1-8

I am the vine, you are the branches

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘I am the true vine,
and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in me that bears no fruit
he cuts away,
and every branch that does bear fruit
he prunes to make it bear even more.
You are pruned already,
by means of the word that I have spoken to you.
Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.
As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself,
but must remain part of the vine,
neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine,
you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me, with me in him,
bears fruit in plenty;
for cut off from me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers;
these branches are collected and thrown on the fire,
and they are burnt.
If you remain in me
and my words remain in you,
you may ask what you will
and you shall get it.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit,
and then you will be my disciples.’


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