Sunday Gospel and readings, April 30, 2023

First reading

Reading from the book of the Acts of the Apostles 2, 14a. 36-41

On the day of Pentecost Peter, standing up next to the Eleven, raised his voice and declared:
«In all certainty the whole house of Israel knows that Jesus himself, whom you crucified, God has made Lord and Messiah».
Upon hearing this, their hearts pierced, and they asked Peter and the other apostles:
“What do we have to do, brothers?”
Peter answered them:
«Repent and be baptized each one of you in the name of Jesus, the Messiah, for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Because the promise is valid for you and for your children, and for those who are far away, for all those who will call to themselves the Lord our God».
With these and many other reasons he gave testimony and exhorted them saying:
“Save yourselves from this wicked generation.”
Those who accepted his words were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added.


Salt 22, 1-3 a. 3b-4. 5R/. The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing:
in green meadows he makes me lie down;
leads me to quiet springs
and repair my strength. R/.

He guides me on the right path,
for the honor of his name.
Even though I walk through dark canyons,
I fear nothing, because you go with me:
your rod and your staff soothe me. R/.

You prepare a table before me,
in front of my enemies;
you anoint my head with perfume,
and my cup overflows. R/.

Your goodness and your mercy accompany me
every day of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
for endless years. R/.

Second lecture

Reading of the first letter of the apostle Saint Peter 2, 20-25

Dear brothers:
May you endure when you suffer for doing good,
That is a grace from God.
For this is why you have been called,
for Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example so that you can follow in his footsteps.
He did not sin
nor did they find deceit in his mouth.
He didn’t return the insult when he was insulted;
suffering did not utter threats;
but it was delivered to the one who judges righteously.
He carried our sins in his body to the log,
so that, dead to sins, we may live for justice.
With his wounds you were healed.
For you wandered like sheep,
but now you have become
to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Gospel of the day

Reading of the holy gospel according to Saint John 10, 1-10

At that time, Jesus said:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but jumps in another way, is a thief and bandit; but he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. The guard opens the door for him and the sheep listen to his voice, and he calls his sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own he walks before them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice; they will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Jesus put this comparison to them, but they did not understand what he was talking about. That is why Jesus added:
«Truly, truly I say to you: I am the door of the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the door: whoever enters through me will be saved and will be able to go in and out, and will find pasture.
The thief enters only to steal and kill and wreak havoc; I have come so that they may have life and have it abundantly”.

Sunday Gospel and readings, April 30, 2023