First Reading: From the Book of Acts 9:31-42
Vrs31 The churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were now left in peace, building themselves up and living in the fear of the Lord; encouraged by the Holy Spirit, they continued to grow.
Vrs32 It happened that Peter visited one place after another and eventually came to God’s holy people living down in Lydda.
Vrs33 There he found a man called Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years.
Vrs34 Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ cures you: get up and make your bed.’ Aeneas got up immediately;
Vrs35 everybody who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they were converted to the Lord.
Vrs36 At Jaffa there was a disciple called Tabitha, or in Greek, Dorcas, who never tired of doing good or giving to those in need.
Vrs37 But it happened that at this time she became ill and died, and they washed her and laid her out in an upper room.
Vrs38 Lydda is not far from Jaffa, so when the disciples heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to urge him, ‘Come to us without delay.’
Vrs39 Peter went back with them immediately, and on his arrival they took him to the upper room, where all the widows stood round him in tears, showing him tunics and other clothes Dorcas had made when she was with them.
Vrs40 Peter sent everyone out of the room and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to the dead womanand said, ‘Tabitha, stand up.’ She opened her eyes, looked at Peter and sat up.
Vrs41 Peter helped her to her feet, then he called in the members of the congregation and widows and showed them she was alive.
Vrs42 The whole of Jaffa heard about it and many believed in the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Vrs12 What return can I make to Yahweh for his generosity to me?
Vrs13 I shall take up the cup of salvation and call on the name of Yahweh.
Vrs14 I shall fulfil my vows to Yahweh, witnessed by all his people.
Vrs15 Costly in Yahweh’s sight is the death of his faithful.
Vrs16 I beg you, Yahweh! I am your servant, I am your servant and my mother was your servant; you have undone my fetters.
Vrs17 I shall offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of Yahweh.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint John 6:60-69
Vrs60 After hearing it, many of his followers said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’
Vrs61 Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining about it and said, ‘Does this disturb you?
Vrs62 What if you should see the Son of man ascend to where he was before?
Vrs63 ‘It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spiritand they are life.
Vrs64 ‘But there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the outset who did not believe and who was to betray him.
Vrs65 He went on, ‘This is why I told you that no one could come to me except by the gift of the Father.’
Vrs66 After this, many of his disciples went away and accompanied him no more.
Vrs67 Then Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘What about you, do you want to go away too?’
Vrs68 Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life,
Vrs69 and we believe; we have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.’