First Reading: From the Book of Proverbs 8:22-31
Vrs22 ‘Yahweh created me, first-fruits of his fashioning, before the oldest of his works.
Vrs23 From everlasting, I was firmly set, from the beginning, before the earth came into being.
Vrs24 The deep was not, when I was born, nor were the springs with their abounding waters.
Vrs25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I came to birth;
Vrs26 before he had made the earth, the countryside, and the first elements of the world.
Vrs27 When he fixed the heavens firm, I was there, when he drew a circle on the surface of the deep,
Vrs28 when he thickened the clouds above, when the sources of the deep began to swell,
Vrs29 when he assigned the sea its boundaries — and the waters will not encroach on the shore — when he traced the foundations of the earth,
Vrs30 I was beside the master craftsman, delighting him day after day, ever at play in his presence,
Vrs31 at play everywhere on his earth, delighting to be with the children of men.
Responsorial Psalm; From Psalms 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Vrs4 what are human beings that you spare a thought for them, or the child of Adam that you care for him?
Vrs5 Yet you have made him little less than a god, you have crowned him with glory and beauty,
Vrs6 made him lord of the works of your hands, put all things under his feet,
Vrs7 sheep and cattle, all of them, and even the wild beasts,
Vrs8 birds in the sky, fish in the sea, when he makes his way across the ocean.
Vrs9 Yahweh our Lord, how majestic your name throughout the world!
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint John 16:12-15
Vrs12 I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you to bear now.
Vrs13 However, when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking of his own accord, but will say only what he has been told; and he will reveal to you the things to come.
Vrs14 He will glorify me, since all he reveals to you will be taken from what is mine.
Vrs15 Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: all he reveals to you will be taken from what is mine.
Second Reading: From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 5:1-5
Vrs1 So then, now that we have been justified by faith, we are at peace with God through our Lord JesusChrist;
Vrs2 it is through him, by faith, that we have been admitted into God’s favour in which we are living, and look forward exultantly to God’s glory.
Vrs3 Not only that; let us exult, too, in our hardships, understanding that hardship develops perseverance,
Vrs4 and perseverance develops a tested character, something that gives us hope,
Vrs5 and a hope which will not let us down, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by theHoly Spirit which has been given to us.