First Reading: From the Book of Genesis 17:3-9
Vrs3 And Abram bowed to the ground. God spoke to him as follows,
Vrs4 ‘For my part, this is my covenant with you: you will become the father of many nations.
Vrs5 And you are no longer to be called Abram; your name is to be Abraham, for I am making you father of many nations.
Vrs6 I shall make you exceedingly fertile. I shall make you into nations, and your issue will be kings.
Vrs7 And I shall maintain my covenant between myself and you, and your descendants after you, generationafter generation, as a covenant in perpetuity, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
Vrs8 And to you and to your descendants after you, I shall give the country where you are now immigrants, the entire land of Canaan, to own in perpetuity. And I shall be their God.’
Vrs9 God further said to Abraham, ‘You for your part must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you, generation after generation.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Vrs4 Seek Yahweh and his strength, tirelessly seek his presence!
Vrs5 Remember the marvels he has done, his wonders, the judgements he has spoken.
Vrs6 Stock of Abraham, his servant, children of Jacob whom he chose!
Vrs7 He is Yahweh our God, his judgements touch the whole world.
Vrs8 He remembers his covenant for ever, the promise he laid down for a thousand generations,
Vrs9 which he concluded with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint John 8:51-59
Vrs51 In all truth I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.
Vrs52 The Jews said, ‘Now we know that you are possessed. Abraham is dead, and the prophets are dead, and yet you say, “Whoever keeps my word will never know the taste of death.”
Vrs53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? The prophets are dead too. Who are you claiming to be?’
Vrs54 Jesus answered: If I were to seek my own glory my glory would be worth nothing; in fact, my glory is conferred by the Father, by the one of whom you say, ‘He is our God,’
Vrs55 although you do not know him. But I know him, and if I were to say, ‘I do not know him,’ I should be a liar, as you yourselves are. But I do know him, and I keep his word.
Vrs56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to think that he would see my Day; he saw it and was glad.
Vrs57 The Jews then said, ‘You are not fifty yet, and you have seen Abraham!’
Vrs58 Jesus replied: In all truth I tell you, before Abraham ever was, I am.
Vrs59 At this they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself and left the Temple.