Word of the day

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Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Reading of the day

A reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles
Acts 16,1-10

Paul reached also Derbe and Lystra
where there was a disciple named Timothy,
the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,
but his father was a Greek.
The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,
and Paul wanted him to come along with him.
On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,
for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
As they traveled from city to city,
they handed on to the people for observance the decisions
reached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.
Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith
and increased in number.

They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory
because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit
from preaching the message in the province of Asia.
When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia,
but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them,
so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas.
During the night Paul had a vision.
A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words,
"Come over to Macedonia and help us."
When he had seen the vision,
we sought passage to Macedonia at once,
concluding that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.

Gospel of the day

From the Gospel according to John
Jn 15,18-21

Jesus said to his disciples:
"If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world,
the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you,
'No slave is greater than his master.'
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me."

Words of the Holy Father

What is the spirit of the world? What is this worldliness, capable of hating, of destroying Jesus and His disciples, indeed of corrupting them and corrupting the Church? … Worldliness is a culture; it is a culture of the ephemeral, a culture of appearances, of make-up, a culture of “today yes, tomorrow no, tomorrow yes and today no.” It has superficial values. A culture that knows no loyalty, because it changes according to circumstances, it negotiates everything. This is the worldly culture, the culture of worldliness. And Jesus insists on defending us from this and prays for the Father to defend us from this culture of worldliness. It is a throwaway culture, according to what is convenient. It is a culture without fidelity, it has no roots. But it is a way of life, a way of life also of many who call themselves Christians. They are Christians but they are worldly. (Homily Santa Marta, 16 May 2020)