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Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

First Reading:
Acts of the Apostles 15:1-6

Commentary by St. John Chrysostom

Council of Jerusalem
1 And certain ones, descending from Judea, were teaching the brothers,
“Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
2 Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas made no small uprising against them, they decided that Paul and Barnabas, and some from the opposing side, should go up to the Apostles and priests in Jerusalem concerning this question.
3 Therefore, being led by the church, they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles. And they caused great joy among all the brothers.
4 And when they had arrived in Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the Apostles and the elders, reporting what great things God had done with them.
5 But some from the sect of the Pharisees, those who were believers, rose up saying, “It is necessary for them to be circumcised and to be instructed to keep the Law of Moses.”
6 And the Apostles and elders came together to take care of this matter.


Psalm:
Psalms 122:1-5

R. (see 1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
or:

R. Alleluia.

I rejoiced because they said to me, “We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
And now we have set foot within your gates, O Jerusalem.

R. (see 1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
or:

R. Alleluia.


Jerusalem, built as a city with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD.

R. (see 1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
or:

R. Alleluia.


According to the decree for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats, seats for the house of David.

R. (see 1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
or:

R. Alleluia.



Gospel:
John 15:1-8

Commentary by St. Thomas Aquinas


1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
Jesus the Vine2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, he will take away. And each one that does bear fruit, he will cleanse, so that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 You are clean now, because of the word that I have spoken to you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. Just as the branch is not able to bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so also are you unable, unless you abide in me.
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without me, you are able to do nothing.
6 If anyone does not abide in me, he will be cast away, like a branch, and he will wither, and they will gather him and cast him into the fire, and he burns.
7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, then you may ask for whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
8 In this, my Father is glorified: that you should bring forth very much fruit and become my disciples.


Listen to Food for the Journey a reflection on today's readings by Sr. Ann Shields of Renewal Ministries

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