Bem-aventurados os mansos, porque eles herdarão a terra; Bem-aventurados os que têm fome e sede de justiça, porque eles serão fartos; Bem-aventurados os misericordiosos, porque eles alcançarão misericórdia; Bem-aventurados os limpos de coração, porque eles verão a Deus; Bem-aventurados os pacificadores, porque eles serão chamados filhos de Deus; Bem-aventurados os que sofrem perseguição por causa da justiça, porque deles é o reino dos céus; Bem-aventurados sois vós, quando vos injuriarem e perseguirem e, mentindo, disserem todo o mal contra vós por minha causa.(Mt.5)

quarta-feira, 8 de maio de 2024

O God, when you went out with the people walking in front of them, dwelling among them, the earth shook and the sky itself dewed, hallelujah (Ps 67,8s.20).

“The Lord made known his saving power” through the resurrection of his Son. The announcement of his death had generated sadness in the hearts of the disciples. However, the glorious presence of Jesus impelled them to announce their message with audacity and fearlessness. Like the first followers of Christ, we are called to transform the society in which we live.

First Reading: Acts 18:1-8

Reading from the Acts of the Apostles – In those days, 1Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had just arrived from Italy, and his wife, Priscilla, because Emperor Claudius had decreed that all Jews should leave Rome. Paulo got in touch with them. 3And, as they had the same profession – they were tent makers –, Paulo began to live with them and they worked together. 4Every Sabbath, Paul argued in the synagogue, trying to convince Jews and Greeks. 5When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself entirely to the Word, testifying before the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 6But because of their resistance and blasphemies, Paul shook his clothes and said, “You are responsible for what happens. It's not my fault; From now on, I will address the pagans.” 7So, leaving there, Paul went to the house of a pagan, a certain Titius Justus, worshiper of the only God, who lived next to the synagogue. 8Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with his entire family; and many Corinthians who listened to Paul believed and received baptism. - Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: 97(98)

The Lord made his saving power known / before the nations.

1. Sing to the Lord God a new song, / because he has done wonders! / His hand and his strong and holy arm / achieved victory for him. – R.

2. The Lord has made salvation known, / and his righteousness to the nations; / remembered his always faithful love / for the house of Israel. – R.

3. The ends of the universe beheld / the salvation of our God. / Acclaim the Lord God, O whole earth, / rejoice and be glad! – R.

Gospel: John 16,16-20

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.

I will not leave you orphans: / I will go, but I will return, and your hearts will greatly rejoice (John 14:18). – R.

Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to John – At that time, Jesus said to his disciples: 16 “A little while longer and you will no longer see me. And again in a little while and you will see me again.” 17Some of his disciples then said to one another, “What does this mean when he says to us, 'A little while and you will not see me, and a little while and you will see me again,' and, 'I am going to the Father.' ?” 18So they said, “What does this little time mean? We don’t understand what he means.” 19Jesus understood that they wanted to question him; Then he said to them, “Are you arguing among yourselves because I said, ‘A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice. You will be sad, but your sadness will turn into joy.” – Word of salvation.


Jesus, little by little, prepares his disciples for the hour of the test that he must face: his passion and death. It refers to crying, lamentations and anguish. Joy for the unjust society, which imagined it had eliminated those it considered “evildoers”. Jesus, however, leaves death and the tomb behind and mocks the plans of the wicked. He rises gloriously and restores hope and joy to his disciples. In fact, upon rising from the dead, Jesus presents himself to the women on the path and to the assembled disciples, with the euphoric greeting: “Peace be with you”. The presence and action of the Holy Spirit in the community will transform their lives: from fearful to courageous; from sad to happy and willing to give their lives for the Lord Jesus (cf. Acts 5:41).

(Day by day with the Gospel 2024)

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