Reading I

A reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 16:11-15)


We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,

and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,

a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.

We spent some time in that city.

On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river

where we thought there would be a place of prayer.

We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.

One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,

from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened,

and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention

to what Paul was saying.

After she and her household had been baptized,

she offered us an invitation,

“If you consider me a believer in the Lord,

come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us.


Responsorial Psalm

149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b

  1. (See 4a) The Lord takes delight in his people.


  1. Alleluia.

Sing to the LORD a new song

            of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Let Israel be glad in their maker,

            let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.

  1. The Lord takes delight in his people.


  1. Alleluia.

Let them praise his name in the festive dance,

            let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.

For the LORD loves his people,

            and he adorns the lowly with victory.

  1. The Lord takes delight in his people.


  1. Alleluia.

Let the faithful exult in glory;

            let them sing for joy upon their couches.

Let the high praises of God be in their throats.

            This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.

  1. The Lord takes delight in his people.


  1. Alleluia.



Jn 15:26b, 27a

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord,

and you also will testify.

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.



From the Gospel according to John (Jn 15:26—16:4a)


Jesus said to his disciples:

“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,

the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,

he will testify to me.

And you also testify,

because you have been with me from the beginning.


“I have told you this so that you may not fall away.

They will expel you from the synagogues;

in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you

will think he is offering worship to God.

They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.

I have told you this so that when their hour comes

you may remember that I told you.”



Today, by meditating on these words of Jesus, we perceive with the sense of faith that we are the People of God in communion with the Father and with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. The Church finds the inexhaustible source of her very mission, which is achieved through love, in this mystery of communion. So, love introduces us to the knowledge of Jesus, thanks to the action of this “Advocate” that Jesus sent, that is, the Holy Spirit. Love for God and neighbour is the greatest commandment of the Gospel. The Lord today calls us to respond generously to the Gospel’s call to love, placing God at the centre of our lives and dedicating ourselves to the service of our brothers and sisters, especially those most in need of support and consolation. (Regina Caeli, 21 May 2017)