24th April Daily Reading (Sunday Reading)

The New Jerusalem in Heaven: The Holy city of Heaven

First Reading: From the Book of Acts 14:21-27

Vrs21 Having preached the good news in that town and made a considerable number of disciples, they went back through Lystra, Iconium and Antioch.

Vrs22 They put fresh heart into the disciples, encouraging them to persevere in the faith, saying, ‘We must all experience many hardships before we enter the kingdom of God.’

Vrs23 In each of these churches they appointed elders, and with prayer and fasting they commended them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.

Vrs24 They passed through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.

Vrs25 Then after proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia

Vrs26 and from there sailed for Antioch, where they had originally been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.

Vrs27 On their arrival they assembled the church and gave an account of all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the gentiles.

Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13

Vrs8 Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger, full of faithful love.

Vrs9 Yahweh is generous to all, his tenderness embraces all his creatures.

Vrs10 All your creatures shall thank you, Yahweh, and your faithful shall bless you.

Vrs11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingship and tell of your might,

Vrs12 making known your mighty deeds to the children of Adam, the glory and majesty of your kingship.

Vrs13 Your kingship is a kingship for ever, your reign lasts from age to age. Yahweh is trustworthy in all his words, and upright in all his deeds.

Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint John 13:31-33, 34-35

Vrs31 When he had gone, Jesus said: Now has the Son of man been glorified, and in him God has been glorified.

Vrs32 If God has been glorified in him, God will in turn glorify him in himself, and will glorify him very soon.

Vrs33 Little children, I shall be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and, as I told the Jews, where I am going, you cannot come.

Vrs34 I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you.

Vrs35 It is by your love for one another, that everyone will recognise you as my disciples.

Second Reading: From the Book of Revelation 21:1-5

Vrs1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea.

Vrs2 I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride dressed for her husband.

Vrs3 Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne, ‘Look, here God lives among human beings. He will make his home among them; they will be his people, and he will be their God, God-with-them.

Vrs4 He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness or pain. The world of the past has gone.’

Vrs5 Then the One sitting on the throne spoke. ‘Look, I am making the whole of creation new. Write this, “What I am saying is trustworthy and will come true.”


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