Word of the day

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Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Reading of the day

A reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles
Acts 16,22-34

The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas,
and the magistrates had them stripped
and ordered them to be beaten with rods.
After inflicting many blows on them,
they threw them into prison
and instructed the jailer to guard them securely.
When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell
and secured their feet to a stake.

About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying
and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,
there was suddenly such a severe earthquake
that the foundations of the jail shook;
all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose.
When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open,
he drew his sword and was about to kill himself,
thinking that the prisoners had escaped.
But Paul shouted out in a loud voice,
"Do no harm to yourself; we are all here."
He asked for a light and rushed in and,
trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas.
Then he brought them out and said,
"Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus
and you and your household will be saved."
So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house.
He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds;
then he and all his family were baptized at once.
He brought them up into his house and provided a meal
and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.

Gospel of the day

From the Gospel according to John
Jn 16,5-11

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Now I am going to the one who sent me,
and not one of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
But if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes he will convict the world
in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
sin, because they do not believe in me;
righteousness, because I am going to the Father
and you will no longer see me;
condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned."

Words of the Holy Father

Paraclete: the word “paraclete” means “the one who is beside me to sustain me” so that I do not fall, so that I go forward, so that I retain this youthfulness of the Spirit. The Christian is always young: always. And when the Christian's heart begins to grow old, his vocation as a Christian begins to diminish. Either you are young at heart, young at soul, or you are not fully Christian. [...] This is youth. A youthfulness that makes you always look forward to hope: this, going forward! But to have this youthfulness requires a daily dialogue with the Holy Spirit, Who is always beside us. This is the great gift that Jesus left us: this support, which keeps you going forward. [...] Let us ask the Lord not to lose this renewed youthfulness, not to be “retired” Christians who have lost their joy and do not let themselves be carried forward ... The Christian never retires; the Christian lives, lives because he is young—when he is a true Christian. (Santa Marta, 28 May 2019)