May 13, 2019

Reading

Acts of the Apostles 11: 1- 18

11:1 Now the Apostles and brothers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the Word of God.

11:2 Then, when Peter had gone up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision argued against him,

11:3 saying, “Why did you enter to uncircumcised men, and why did you eat with them?

11:4 An1d Peter began to explain to them, in an orderly manner, saying:

11:5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and I saw, in an ecstasy of mind, a vision: a certain container descending, like a great linen sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners. And it drew near to me.

11:6 And looking into it, I considered and saw the four-footed beasts of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the reptiles, and the flying things of the air.

11:7 Then I also heard a voice saying to me: ‘Rise up, Peter. Kill and eat.’

11:8 But I said: ‘Never, lord! For what is common or unclean has never entered into my mouth.’

11:9 Then the voice responded a second time from heaven, ‘What God has cleansed, you shall not call common.’

11:10 Now this was done three times. And then everything was taken up again into heaven.

11:11 And behold, immediately there were three men standing near the house where I was, having been sent to me from Caesarea.

11:12 Then the Spirit told me that I should go with them, doubting nothing. And these six brothers went with me also. And we entered into the house of the man.

11:13 And he described for us how he had seen an Angel in his house, standing and saying to him: ‘Send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is surnamed Peter.

11:14 And he shall speak to you words, by which you shall be saved with your whole house.’

11:15 And when I had begun to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, just as upon us also, in the beginning.

11:16 Then I remembered the words of the Lord, just as he himself said: ‘John, indeed, baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’

11:17 Therefore, if God gave them the same grace, as also to us, who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I would be able to prohibit God?

11:18 Having heard these things, they were silent. And they glorified God, saying: “So has God also given to the Gentiles repentance unto life.”

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to John 10: 1- 10

10:1“Amen, amen, I say to you, he who does not enter through the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up by another way, he is a thief and a robber.
10:2But he who enters through the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
10:3To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and he leads them out.
10:4And when he has sent out his sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.
10:5But they do not follow a stranger; instead they flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
10:6Jesus spoke this proverb to them. But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
10:7Therefore, Jesus spoke to them again: “Amen, amen, I say to you, that I am the door of the sheep.
10:8All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers, and the sheep did not listen to them.
10:9I am the door. If anyone has entered through me, he will be saved. And he shall go in and go out, and he shall find pastures.
10:10The thief does not come, except so that he may steal and slaughter and destroy. I have come so that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.