First Reading: From the Book of Acts 6:8-15
Vrs8 Stephen was filled with grace and power and began to work miracles and great signs among the people.
Vrs9 Then certain people came forward to debate with Stephen, some from Cyrene and Alexandria who were members of the synagogue called the Synagogue of Freedmen, and others from Cilicia and Asia.
Vrs10 They found they could not stand up against him because of his wisdom, and the Spirit that prompted what he said.
Vrs11 So they procured some men to say, ‘We heard him using blasphemous language against Moses and against God.’
Vrs12 Having turned the people against him as well as the elders and scribes, they took Stephen by surprise, and arrested him and brought him before the Sanhedrin.
Vrs13 There they put up false witnesses to say, ‘This man is always making speeches against this Holy Place and the Law.
Vrs14 We have heard him say that Jesus, this Nazarene, is going to destroy this Place and alter the traditions that Moses handed down to us.’
Vrs15 The members of the Sanhedrin all looked intently at Stephen, and his face appeared to them like the face of an angel.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
Vrs23 Though princes sit plotting against me, your servant keeps pondering your will.
Vrs24 Your instructions are my delight, your wishes my counsellors.
Vrs26 I tell you my ways and you answer me; teach me your wishes.
Vrs27 Show me the way of your precepts, that I may reflect on your wonders.
Vrs29 Keep me far from the way of deceit, grant me the grace of your Law.
Vrs30 I have chosen the way of constancy, I have moulded myself to your judgements.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint John 6:22-29
Vrs22 Next day, the crowd that had stayed on the other side saw that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that the disciples had set off by themselves.
Vrs23 Other boats, however, had put in from Tiberias, near the place where the bread had been eaten.
Vrs24 When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into those boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus.
Vrs25 When they found him on the other side, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’
Vrs26 Jesus answered: In all truth I tell you, you are looking for me not because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.
Vrs27 Do not work for food that goes bad, but work for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of man will give you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.
Vrs28 Then they said to him, ‘What must we do if we are to carry out God’s work?’
Vrs29 Jesus gave them this answer, ‘This is carrying out God’s work: you must believe in the one he has sent.’