May 15

May 15

Wednesday in the 7th Week of Easter

Mass Readings

First Reading – Acts 20:28-38

At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus: “Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the Church of God that he acquired with his own Blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them. So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day, I unceasingly admonished each of you with tears. And now I commend you to God and to that gracious word of his that can build you up and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated. I have never wanted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You know well that these very hands have served my needs and my companions. In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” When he had finished speaking he knelt down and prayed with them all. They were all weeping loudly as they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him, for they were deeply distressed that he had said that they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.

Responsorial Psalm – 68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab (R.33a)

R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.

Show forth, O God, your power,
the power, O God, with which you took our part;
For your temple in Jerusalem
let the kings bring you gifts. R.

You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God,
chant praise to the Lord
who rides on the heights of the ancient heavens.
Behold, his voice resounds, the voice of power:
“Confess the power of God!” R.

Over Israel is his majesty;
his power is in the skies.
Awesome in his sanctuary is God, the God of Israel;
he gives power and strength to his people. R.

Gospel – Jn 17:11b-19

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the Evil One. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”

Featured Saints

St. Isidore the farmer (†circa 1130). Farm labourer from Madrid who, together with his wife, Blessed Maria de la Cabeza, visited churches before beginning his daily work and showed great generosity toward the poor. Optional Memorial in US.

St. Rheticus, bishop (†fourth century). Governed the diocese of Autun, France with wisdom and the gift of preaching.

St. Kaleb or Elesbaan, monk. (†c. 535). Ethiopian king who, to avenge the martyrs of Najran, engaged in battle against the enemies of Christ. Later, after sending his royal diadem to Jerusalem, he entered the monastic life.

St. Rupert, hermit (†eighth century). As a young nobleman, he built churches in his dukedom of Bingen, Germany. After a pilgrimage to Rome, he decided to consecrate himself to God and lived as a hermit in the vicinity of Mainz, until surrendering his soul to the Lord at the age of twenty-one.

St. Witesind, martyr (†855). He died on the outskirts of Cordova, Spain, for refusing to participate in Muslim worship.

Blessed Andrew Abellon, priest (†1450). French Dominican religious, theology professor and painter. He restored monastic discipline in the convents in which he was superior.

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