Word of the day
Reading of the day
A reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles
The word of God continued to spread and grow.
After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,
they returned to Jerusalem,
taking with them John, who is called Mark.
Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:
Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,
Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
for the work to which I have called them.”
Then, completing their fasting and prayer,
they laid hands on them and sent them off.
So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit,
went down to Seleucia
and from there sailed to Cyprus.
When they arrived in Salamis,
they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.
Gospel of the day
From the Gospel according to John
Jesus cried out and said,
“Whoever believes in me believes not only in me
but also in the one who sent me,
and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.
I came into the world as light,
so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.
And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them,
I do not condemn him,
for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.
Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words
has something to judge him: the word that I spoke,
it will condemn him on the last day,
because I did not speak on my own,
but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.
And I know that his commandment is eternal life.
So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”
Words of the Holy Father
"There are those who believe they live in the light but are in darkness, and are not aware of it. How is this light that Jesus offers us? We can know the light of Jesus, because it is a humble light; it is not a light that imposes itself: it is humble. It is a mild light, with the strength of meekness. It is a light that speaks to the heart, and it is also a light that the Cross offers you. If we are meek in our inner light, let us hear the voice of Jesus in our hearts and look fearlessly at the Cross: that is the light of Jesus. (Santa Marta, 3 September 2013)