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Last Supper, Juan de Juanes

Wednesday of the fourth Week of Easter

…Give us this day our daily bread.”

cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3

daily mass readings

Lectionary: 281

Reading I

The word of God continued to spread and grow.

After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,
they returned to Jerusalem,
taking with them John, who is called Mark.

Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:
Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,
Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
for the work to which I have called them.”
Then, completing their fasting and prayer,
they laid hands on them and sent them off.

So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit,
went down to Seleucia
and from there sailed to Cyprus.
When they arrived in Salamis,
they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.

Responsorial Psalm

R.    (4)  O God, let all the nations praise you!
or:
R.    Alleluia.
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation. R.    

May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the earth you guide. R.    

May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
and may all the ends of the earth fear him! R.    

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life. R. 

Gospel

Jesus cried out and said,
“Whoever believes in me believes not only in me
but also in the one who sent me,
and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.
I came into the world as light,
so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.
And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them,
I do not condemn him,
for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.
Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words
has something to judge him: the word that I spoke,
it will condemn him on the last day,
because I did not speak on my own,
but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.
And I know that his commandment is eternal life.
So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

Saint Jerome

daily bible reflection


Audio reflection on the daily Mass readings from the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Letters from Home: Daily Bible Reflections.

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”

cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16

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Papacy

Infallibility

Question or Common Objection:

Galatians 2:11-12 says Peter “was clearly in the wrong.”  He was a hypocrite regarding the Gentiles. Peter was not infallible.

Catholic Answer:

Infallibility doesn’t mean that Peter would be perfect or never sin.  Jesus knew Peter would sin.  Still, Jesus chose Peter to lead the Church and even prayed for him.

Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.”

Luke 22:31-32

Peter and his successors, the popes, are infallible only when they define faith and morals, not in personal conduct, or in predicting the weather, or the winner of the Super Bowl.

Other References:  Jn 21:15-17; Mt 16:15-19; Acts 2:14

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additional bible study

"Day 118: King Saul Despairs" from The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) by Ascension Catholic Faith Formation. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.

PRAYER

Let us pray.

Consecration to the Holy Family

Holy Family,
we consecrate ourselves and our family to you.

May we be completely united
in a love that is lasting, faithful,
and open to the gift of new life.

Help us to grow in virtue, 
to forgive one another from our hearts,
and to live in peace all our days.

Keep us strong in faith, persevering in prayer,
diligent in our work, and generous toward those in need.

May our home, O Holy Family,
truly become a domestic church
where we reflect your example in our daily life. Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us!


An excerpt of a prayer composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain, Knights of Columbus.

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”

Saint John Paul II, pope

Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. gospel of john 6:68).

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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