Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter
May 16, 2013

Psalter: Proper

Color: White


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
    30 But on the morrow, desiring to know the real reason why the Jews accused him, he unbound him, and commanded the chief priests and all the council to meet, and he brought Paul down and set him before them.
    6 But when Paul perceived that one part were Sad'ducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead I am on trial."
    7 And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sad'ducees; and the assembly was divided.
    8 For the Sad'ducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.
    9 Then a great clamor arose; and some of the scribes of the Pharisees' party stood up and contended, "We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?"
    10 And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them and bring him into the barracks.
    11 The following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Take courage, for as you have testified about me at Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also at Rome."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
    1 Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge.
    2 I say to the LORD, "Thou art my Lord; I have no good apart from thee."
    5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot.
    7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
    8 I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
    9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure.
    10 For thou dost not give me up to Sheol, or let thy godly one see the Pit.
    11 Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fulness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.

  • Gospel

    John 17:20-26
    20 "I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word,
    21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
    22 The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
    23 I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me.
    24 Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world.
    25 O righteous Father, the world has not known thee, but I have known thee; and these know that thou hast sent me.
    26 I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ezekiel 18:21-23, 27-28
    21 "But if a wicked man turns away from all his sins which he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
    22 None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness which he has done he shall live.
    23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?
    27 Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is lawful and right, he shall save his life.
    28 Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions which he had committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 103:1-4, 8, 10-12
    1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
    2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
    3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
    4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
    8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
    10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor requite us according to our iniquities.
    11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
    12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

  • Gospel

    Luke 15:1-10
    1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.
    2 And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."
    3 So he told them this parable:
    4 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?
    5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
    6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.'
    7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
    8 "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it?
    9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.'
    10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents."


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