Today, May 15
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Readings of the Day
Acts of the Apostles 18:23-28.
After staying there some time, Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence through the Galatian country and Phrygia, bringing strength to all the disciples. A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus. He was an authority on the scriptures. He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and, with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the Way (of God) more accurately. And when he wanted to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. After his arrival he gave great assistance to those who had come to believe through grace. He vigorously refuted the Jews in public, establishing from the scriptures that the Messiah is Jesus.
All you peoples, clap your hands; shout to God with cries of gladness. For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome, is the great king over all the earth. For king of all the earth is God; sing hymns of praise. God reigns over the nations, God sits upon his holy throne. The princes of the peoples are gathered together with the people of the God of Abraham. For God's are the guardians of the earth; he is supreme.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16:23b-28.
On that day you will not question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. On that day you will not question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you." Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. I have told you this in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell you clearly about the Father. On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you. For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."
At the end of our prayers we say: "Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord" and not "Through the Holy Spirit". This practice of the universal Church is not without reason. At its root lies the mystery according to which Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and humanity (1 Tim 2:5), a priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek, he who, with his own blood, entered into the Holy of holies, not that which was only a copy but into heaven itself where he is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us (Heb 6:20; 9:24). It was in his consideration of Christ's priesthood that the apostle said: "Through him let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name" (Heb 13:15). It is through him that we offer the sacrifice of praise and prayer because it is his death that reconciled us while we were still enemies (Rom 5:10). He willed to offer himself in sacrifice for our sakes and, since then, it is through him that our offerings can be acceptable in God's sight. This is why Saint Peter warns us in these words: "Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pt 2:5). This is the reason why we say to God the Father: "Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord".