Readings for Sunday, April 28, 2013
Fifth Sunday of Easter
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 14:21-27)
After Paul and Barnabas had proclaimed the good news in the town of Derbe and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the reign of God.” They appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith. Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished. And when they arrived, they called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how God had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
A reading from the book of Revelation (Rev 21:1-5)
Then I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her groom on their wedding day.I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. God will dwell with them and they will be his people and God will always be with them as their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.” The One who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
THE HOLY GOSPEL
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35)
When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
“Now is the son of mankind glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself,
and God will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”