Thursday, April 19, 2007

Thursday's Mass readings

Reading 1 - Acts 5:27-33

When the court officers had brought the Apostles in
and made them stand before the Sanhedrin,
the high priest questioned them,
“We gave you strict orders did we not,
to stop teaching in that name.Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching
and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,
“We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,
though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.
God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior
to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.
We are witnesses of these things,
as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
When they heard this,
they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.

Responsorial Psalm - Ps 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20

The Lord hears the cry of the poor

Gospel - Jn 3:31-36

The one who comes from above is above all.
The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
but no one accepts his testimony.
Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God remains upon him.


At 4:19 PM, Blogger fran said...

While the Supreme Court's ruling, upholding the ban on partial birth abortions is extremely significant, let us not forget those babies, yet to be born, whose lives will be taken by other abortion methods.

This is from a pro-life newsletter I picked up at Mount St. Mary's, recently:

Spiritually Adopt an Unborn Child

Prayer for life is the most imortant and effective tool that the pro-life movement has; without prayer, all other accomplishments would be impossible. The late Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote the following prayer of spiritual adoption in which a pro-lifer "adopts" an unborn baby for nine months and prays this simple prayer every day for nine months. Name your baby, and keep track of when you started so you can know when your baby's birthday is!

"Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn child whom I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion. Amen."


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