First Reading: From the Book of Acts 8:1-8
Vrs1 Saul approved of the killing. That day a bitter persecution started against the church in Jerusalem, and everyone except the apostles scattered to the country districts of Judaea and Samaria.
Vrs2 There were some devout people, however, who buried Stephen and made great mourning for him.
Vrs3 Saul then began doing great harm to the church; he went from house to house arresting both men and women and sending them to prison.
Vrs4 Once they had scattered, they went from place to place preaching the good news.
Vrs5 And Philip went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them.
Vrs6 The people unanimously welcomed the message Philip preached, because they had heard of the miracles he worked and because they saw them for themselves.
Vrs7 For unclean spirits came shrieking out of many who were possessed, and several paralytics and cripples were cured.
Vrs8 As a result there was great rejoicing in that town.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7
Vrs1 [For the choirmaster Song Psalm] Acclaim God, all the earth,
Vrs2 sing psalms to the glory of his name, glorify him with your praises,
Vrs3 say to God, ‘How awesome you are! ‘Your achievements are the measure of your power, your enemies woo your favour,
Vrs4 all the earth bows down before you, sings psalms to you, sings psalms to your name.
Vrs5 Come and see the marvels of God, his awesome deeds for the children of Adam:
Vrs6 he changed the sea into dry land, they crossed the river on foot. So let us rejoice in him,
Vrs7 who rules for ever by his power; his eyes keep watch on the nations to forestall rebellion against him.
Gospel Reading: From the Account of Saint John 6:35-40
Vrs35 Jesus answered them: I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst.
Vrs36 But, as I have told you, you can see me and still you do not believe.
Vrs37 Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me; I will certainly not reject anyone who comes to me,
Vrs38 because I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but to do the will of him who sent me.
Vrs39 Now the will of him who sent me is that I should lose nothing of all that he has given to me, but that I should raise it up on the last day.
Vrs40 It is my Father’s will that whoever sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and that I should raise that person up on the last day.