Apr. 30: Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Sir James Thornhill, Paul Preaching in the Areopagus, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1729-31

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Acts 17:15, 22--18:1
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14
Gospel: John 16:12-15

“When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some scoffed; but others said, ‘We will hear you again about this (NRSV, Act 17:32).”

Let us pray.

Father, when Paul arrived in Athens, he went directly to the Areopagus, and, speaking to the people gathered there, began to make a reasoned appeal about the good news and of Jesus’ resurrection. Those listening would have none of it. Paul made only a few converts. Yet, Father, when Barnabas went to Antioch, because he presented himself, not bubbling over with arguments, but as a man of the Holy Spirit and of faith, a large number came to believe.

Father, may we bear witness to you, not so much by our logic which appeals to reason, as by our lives that testify to the transformation that occurs by accepting your life into our own. It is thus that we can truly bear witness to you and share in the one mediation of the Word always present to all of our sisters and brothers.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen

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