Reading 1: ACTS 17:15, 22-18:1
The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
But those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens. Receiving a commandment to Silas and Timothy that they should come to him very quickly, they departed.
Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus and said, “You men of Athens, I perceive that you are very religious in all things.
For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription: ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ What therefore you worship in ignorance, I announce to you.
The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands.
He isn’t served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath and all things.
He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons and the boundaries of their dwellings, that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
‘For in him we live, move, and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’
Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold, or silver, or stone, engraved by art and design of man.
The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should repent, because he has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained; of which he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead.”
Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, “We want to hear you again concerning this.”
Thus Paul went out from among them.
But certain men joined with him and believed, including Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
After these things Paul departed from Athens and came to Corinth.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14
Praise Yah! Praise Yahweh from the heavens! Praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all his army!
Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth, both young men and maidens, old men and children.
Let them praise Yahweh’s name, for his name alone is exalted. His glory is above the earth and the heavens.
He has lifted up the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints, even of the children of Israel, a people near to him. Praise Yah!
Gospel of the Day: JN 16:12-15
From the gospel scripture according to John.
“I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now.
However, when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming.
He will glorify me, for he will take from what is mine and will declare it to you.
All things that the Father has are mine; therefore I said that he takes of mine and will declare it to you.”
An optional celebration on this day is the Memorial of Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church as well as Saint Gregory VII, Pope and also Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, Virgin.