First Reading: From the Book of Acts 15:1-6
Vrs1 Then some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, ‘Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved.’
Vrs2 This led to disagreement, and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was decided that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the question with the apostles and elders.
Vrs3 The members of the church saw them off, and as they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria they told how the gentiles had been converted, and this news was received with the greatest satisfaction by all the brothers.
Vrs4 When they arrived in Jerusalem they were welcomed by the church and by the apostles and elders, and gave an account of all that God had done through them.
Vrs5 But certain members of the Pharisees’ party who had become believers objected, insisting that gentilesshould be circumcised and instructed to keep the Law of Moses.
Vrs6 The apostles and elders met to look into the matter,
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Vrs1 [Song of Ascents Of David] I rejoiced that they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of Yahweh.’
Vrs2 At last our feet are standing at your gates, Jerusalem!
Vrs3 Jerusalem, built as a city, in one united whole,
Vrs4 there the tribes go up, the tribes of Yahweh, a sign for Israel to give thanks to the name of Yahweh.
Vrs5 For there are set the thrones of judgement, the thrones of the house of David.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint John 15:1-8
Vrs1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
Vrs2 Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes to make it bear even more.
Vrs3 You are clean already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you.
Vrs4 Remain in me, as I in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, unless it remains part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.
Vrs5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing.
Vrs6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a branch — and withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire and are burnt.
Vrs7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for whatever you please and you will get it.
Vrs8 It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit and be my disciples