First Reading: From the Book of Acts 5:17-26
Vrs17 Then the high priest intervened with all his supporters from the party of the Sadducees. Filled with jealousy,
Vrs18 they arrested the apostles and had them put in the public gaol.
Vrs19 But at night the angel of the Lord opened the prison gates and said as he led them out,
Vrs20 ‘Go and take up position in the Temple, and tell the people all about this new Life.’
Vrs21 They did as they were told; they went into the Temple at dawn and began to preach. When the highpriest arrived, he and his supporters convened the Sanhedrin — this was the full Senate of Israel — and sent to the gaol for them to be brought.
Vrs22 But when the officials arrived at the prison they found they were not inside, so they went back and reported,
Vrs23 ‘We found the gaol securely locked and the warders on duty at the gates, but when we unlocked the door we found no one inside.’
Vrs24 When the captain of the Temple and the chief priests heard this news they wondered what could be happening.
Vrs25 Then a man arrived with fresh news. ‘Look!’ he said, ‘the men you imprisoned are in the Temple. They are standing there preaching to the people.’
Vrs26 The captain went with his men and fetched them — though not by force, for they were afraid that the people might stone them.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Vrs2 I will praise Yahweh from my heart; let the humble hear and rejoice.
Vrs3 Proclaim with me the greatness of Yahweh, let us acclaim his name together.
Vrs4 I seek Yahweh and he answers me, frees me from all my fears.
Vrs5 Fix your gaze on Yahweh and your face will grow bright, you will never hang your head in shame.
Vrs6 A pauper calls out and Yahweh hears, saves him from all his troubles.
Vrs7 The angel of Yahweh encamps around those who fear him, and rescues them.
Vrs8 Taste and see that Yahweh is good. How blessed are those who take refuge in him.
Vrs9 Fear Yahweh, you his holy ones; those who fear him lack for nothing.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint John 3:16-21
Vrs16 For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
Vrs17 For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.
Vrs18 No one who believes in him will be judged; but whoever does not believe is judged already, because that person does not believe in the Name of God’s only Son.
Vrs19 And the judgement is this: though the light has come into the world people have preferred darkness to the light because their deeds were evil.
Vrs20 And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, to prevent his actions from being shown up;
Vrs21 but whoever does the truth comes out into the light, so that what he is doing may plainly appear as done in God.’