Reading I

A reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 16:22-34)


The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas,

and the magistrates had them stripped

and ordered them to be beaten with rods.

After inflicting many blows on them,

they threw them into prison

and instructed the jailer to guard them securely.

When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell

and secured their feet to a stake.


About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying

and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,

there was suddenly such a severe earthquake

that the foundations of the jail shook;

all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose.

When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open,

he drew his sword and was about to kill himself,

thinking that the prisoners had escaped.

But Paul shouted out in a loud voice,

“Do no harm to yourself; we are all here.”

He asked for a light and rushed in and,

trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas.

Then he brought them out and said,

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus

and you and your household will be saved.”

So, they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house.

He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds;

then he and all his family were baptized at once.

He brought them up into his house and provided a meal

and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.


Responsorial Psalm

138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8

  1. (7c) Your right hand saves me, O Lord.


  1. Alleluia.

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,

            for you have heard the words of my mouth;

            in the presence of the Angels I will sing your praise;

I will worship at your holy temple,

            and give thanks to your name.

  1. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.


  1. Alleluia.

Because of your kindness and your truth,

            you have made great above all things

            your name and your promise.

When I called, you answered me;

            you built up strength within me.

  1. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.


  1. Alleluia.

Your right hand saves me.

The LORD will complete what he has done for me;

            your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;

            forsake not the work of your hands.

  1. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.


  1. Alleluia.



See Jn 16:7, 13

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.

I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;

he will guide you to all truth.

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.



From the Gospel according to John (Jn 16:5-11)


Jesus said to his disciples:

“Now I am going to the one who sent me,

and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’

But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.

But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.

For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.

But if I go, I will send him to you.

And when he comes, he will convict the world

in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:

sin, because they do not believe in me;

righteousness, because I am going to the Father

and you will no longer see me;

condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”



We are awaited. We are precious. God is in love with us, we are his children. And he has prepared for us the most worthy and beautiful place: Paradise. Let us not forget this: the dwelling place that awaits us is Paradise. We are in transit here. We are made for Heaven, for eternal life, to live forever. Forever: it is something we cannot even imagine now. But it is even more beautiful to think that this forever will be entirely in joy, in full communion with God and with others, without any more tears, without resentment, without division or turmoil.  But how can we reach heaven? What is the way? Here is Jesus’ decisive phrase. He says to us today: “I am the Way” (v. 6). Jesus is the way to go up to Heaven: to have a living relationship with him, to imitate him in love, to follow in his footsteps. (Regina Caeli, 10 May 2020)