18th April Daily Reading

Jesus carrying His Sheep tenderly

First Reading: From the Book of Acts 11:1-18

Vrs1 The apostles and the brothers in Judaea heard that gentiles too had accepted the word of God,

Vrs2 and when Peter came up to Jerusalem the circumcised believers protested to him

Vrs3 and said, ‘So you have been visiting the uncircumcised and eating with them!’

Vrs4 Peter in reply gave them the details point by point,

Vrs5 ‘One day, when I was in the town of Jaffa,’ he began, ‘I fell into a trance as I was praying and had a vision of something like a big sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners. This sheet came rightdown beside me.

Vrs6 I looked carefully into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles, and birds of heaven.

Vrs7 Then I heard a voice that said to me, “Now, Peter, kill and eat!”

Vrs8 But I answered, “Certainly not, Lord; nothing profane or unclean has ever crossed my lips.”

Vrs9 And a second time the voice spoke from heaven, “What God has made clean, you have no right to call profane.”

Vrs10 This was repeated three times, before the whole of it was drawn up to heaven again.

Vrs11 ‘Just at that moment, three men stopped outside the house where we were staying; they had been sent from Caesarea to fetch me,

Vrs12 and the Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going back with them. The six brothers here came with me as well, and we entered the man’s house.

Vrs13 He told us he had seen an angel standing in his house who said, “Send to Jaffa and fetch Simon known as Peter;

Vrs14 he has a message for you that will save you and your entire household.”

Vrs15 ‘I had scarcely begun to speak when the Holy Spirit came down on them in the same way as it came on us at the beginning,

Vrs16 and I remembered that the Lord had said, “John baptised with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.”

Vrs17 I realised then that God was giving them the identical gift he gave to us when we believed in the LordJesus Christ; and who was I to stand in God’s way?’

Vrs18 This account satisfied them, and they gave glory to God, saying, ‘God has clearly granted to thegentiles too the repentance that leads to life.’

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

Vrs2 I thirst for God, the living God; when shall I go to see the face of God?

Vrs3 I have no food but tears day and night, as all day long I am taunted, ‘Where is your God?’

Vrs3 Send out your light and your truth; they shall be my guide, to lead me to your holy mountain to the place where you dwell.

Vrs4 Then I shall go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy. I will rejoice and praise you on the harp, O God, my God.

Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint John 10:1-10

Vrs1 ‘In all truth I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a bandit.

Vrs2 He who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock;

Vrs3 the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out.

Vrs4 When he has brought out all those that are his, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice.

Vrs5 They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not recognise the voice of strangers.’

Vrs6 Jesus told them this parable but they failed to understand what he was saying to them.

Vrs7 So Jesus spoke to them again: In all truth I tell you, I am the gate of the sheepfold.

Vrs8 All who have come before me are thieves and bandits, but the sheep took no notice of them.

Vrs9 I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: such a one will go in and out and will find pasture.

Vrs10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.


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