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Date – 22/05/2020


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
ACTS 18:9-18

One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision,
“Do not be afraid.
Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.
No one will attack and harm you,
for I have many people in this city.”
He settled there for a year and a half
and taught the word of God among them.

But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia,
the Jews rose up together against Paul
and brought him to the tribunal, saying,
“This man is inducing people to worship God contrary to the law.”
When Paul was about to reply, Gallio spoke to the Jews,
“If it were a matter of some crime or malicious fraud,
I should with reason hear the complaint of you Jews;
but since it is a question of arguments over doctrine and titles
and your own law, see to it yourselves.
I do not wish to be a judge of such matters.”
And he drove them away from the tribunal.
They all seized Sosthenes, the synagogue official,
and beat him in full view of the tribunal.
But none of this was of concern to Gallio.

Paul remained for quite some time,
and after saying farewell to the brothers he sailed for Syria,
together with Priscilla and Aquila.
At Cenchreae he had shaved his head because he had taken a vow.


From the Gospel according to John
JN 16:20-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish.
But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from 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.”


This is precisely what joy and hope do together in our lives, when we are facing tribulations and problems, when we suffer. This is certainly not an anaesthetic: pain is pain, but when lived with joy and hope it opens the door to a new fruit for you. This image of the Lord should help us greatly in times of difficulty, the Pope reassured, even in those “bad, horrible times that make us doubt our faith. However, with joy and hope we move forward, because after this storm comes a new man, like a woman giving birth. And Jesus says that this joy and hope are lasting, they do not pass. (Santa Marta, 6 May 2016)


Fecha – 22/05/2020


Lectura del Libro de los Hechos de los Apostoles

Hch 18, 9-18

En aquellos días, Pablo tuvo una visión nocturna en Corinto, en la que le dijo el Señor: “No tengas miedo. Habla y no calles, porque yo estoy contigo y nadie pondrá la mano sobre ti para perjudicarte. Muchos de esta ciudad pertenecen a mi pueblo”. Por eso Pablo se quedó allí un año y medio, explicándoles la palabra de Dios.

Pero cuando Galión era procónsul de Acaya, los judíos, de común acuerdo, se abalanzaron contra Pablo y lo llevaron hasta el tribunal, donde dijeron: “Este hombre trata de convencer a la gente de que den a Dios un culto contrario a la ley”. Iba Pablo a tomar la palabra para responder, cuando Galión dijo a los judíos: “Si se tratara de un crimen o de un delito grave, yo los escucharía, como es razón; pero si la disputa es acerca de palabras o de nombres o de su ley, arréglense ustedes”. Y los echó del tribunal. Entonces se apoderaron de Sóstenes, jefe de la sinagoga, y lo golpearon delante del tribunal, sin que Galión se preocupara en lo más mínimo.

Pablo se quedó en Corinto todavía algún tiempo. Después se despidió de los hermanos y se embarcó para Siria, con Priscila y Aquila. En Céncreas se rapó la cabeza para cumplir una promesa que había hecho.


Evangelio segun San Juan

Jn 16, 20-23

En aquel tiempo, Jesús dijo a sus discípulos: “Les aseguro que ustedes llorarán y se entristecerán, mientras el mundo se alegrará. Ustedes estarán tristes, pero su tristeza se transformará en alegría.

Cuando una mujer va a dar a luz, se angustia, porque le ha llegado la hora; pero una vez que ha dado a luz, ya no se acuerda de su angustia, por la alegría de haber traído un hombre al mundo. Así también ahora ustedes están tristes, pero yo los volveré a ver, se alegrará su corazón y nadie podrá quitarles su alegría. Aquel día no me preguntarán nada’’.