Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

1st Reading – Acts 11:1-18

And the apostles and brethren, who were in Judea, heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.

And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

Saying: Why did you go to uncircumcised men and did eat with them?

Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying,

I was in the city of Joppe praying, and I saw in an ecstasy of mind a vision, a certain vessel descending, as it were a great sheet let down from heaven by four corners, and it came even unto me.

Into which looking, I considered, and saw fourfooted creatures of the earth, and beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air:

And I heard also a voice saying to me: Arise, Peter; kill and eat.

And I said: Not so, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered into my mouth.

And the voice answered again from heaven: What God has made clean, do not thou call common.

And this was done three times: and all were taken up again into heaven.

And behold, immediately there were three men come to the house wherein I was, sent to me from Caesarea.

And the Spirit said to me, that I should go with them, nothing doubting. And these six brethren went with me also: and we entered into the man’s house.

And he told us how he had seen an angel in his house, standing, and saying to him: Send to Joppe, and call here Simon, who is surnamed Peter,

Who shall speak to you words, whereby you shall be saved, and all thy house.

And when I had begun to speak, the Holy Ghost fell upon them, as upon us also in the beginning.

And I remembered the word of the Lord, how that he said: John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

If then God gave them the same grace, as to us also who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ; who was I, that could withstand God?

Having heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying: God then has also to the Gentiles given repentance unto life.


Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 42:2-3; 43:3, 4

R. (see 3a) Athirst is my soul for the living God.
R. Alleluia.

As the hind longs for the running waters,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
Athirst is my soul for God, the living God.
When shall I go and behold the face of God?

R. Athirst is my soul for the living God.
R. Alleluia.

Send forth your light and your fidelity;
they shall lead me on
And bring me to your holy mountain,
to your dwelling-place.

R. Athirst is my soul for the living God.
R. Alleluia.

Then will I go in to the altar of God,
the God of my gladness and joy;
Then will I give you thanks upon the harp,
O God, my God!

R. Athirst is my soul for the living God.
R. Alleluia.


Alleluia – John 10:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my sheep, and mine know me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel – John 10:11-18

Jesus said:

“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

But the hired one, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches, and scatters the sheep:

And the hired flees, because he is a hired one: and he has no care for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me.

As the Father knows me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep.

And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.

Therefore does the Father love me: because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.

No man takes it away from me: but I lay it down of myself, and I have power to lay it down: and I have power to take it up again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

Love Offering: