Tuesday 16th april

by | Apr 15, 2024 | Evangelium

Saint Bernadette Soubirous

(1844 – 1879)


She was born in 1844 to a destitute family in Lourdes, in France. On 11 February 1858 she received the first of a series of visions of the Mother of God which led to Lourdes becoming a place of pilgrimage and healing. In 1866 she became a nun at Nevers, where she died on 16 April 1879.

Entrance Antiphon: Rv 19: 5; 12: 10

Sing praise to our God, all you who fear God, both small and great, for now salvation and strength have come, and the power of his Christ, alleluia.


O God, who open wide the gates of the heavenly Kingdom to those reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, pour out on your servants an increase of the grace you have bestowed, that, having been purged of all sins, they may lack nothing that in your kindness you have promised. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

First reading: Acts 7:51-8:1 

Stephen said to the people, the elders and the scribes: ‘You stubborn people, with your pagan hearts and pagan ears. You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do. Can you name a single prophet your ancestors never persecuted? In the past they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, and now you have become his betrayers, his murderers. You who had the Law brought to you by angels are the very ones who have not kept it.’ They were infuriated when they heard this, and ground their teeth at him. But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand. ‘I can see heaven thrown open’ he said ‘and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ At this all the members of the council shouted out and stopped their ears with their hands; then they all rushed at him, sent him out of the city and stoned him. The witnesses put down their clothes at the feet of a young man called Saul. As they were stoning him, Stephen said in invocation, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and said aloud, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them’; and with these words he fell asleep. Saul entirely approved of the killing.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm


R/ Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Be a rock of refuge for me,  a mighty stronghold to save me, for you are my rock, my stronghold. For your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.

Into your hands I commend my spirit.  It is you who will redeem me, Lord. As for me, I trust in the Lord: let me be glad and rejoice in your love.

Let your face shine on your servant. Save me in your love. You hide them in the shelter of your presence  from the plotting of men.

Gospel Acclamation: Jn10:14           

Alleluia, alleluia! I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my own sheep and my own know me. Alleluia!

Gospel: John 6:30-35          

The people said to Jesus, ‘What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ Jesus answered: ‘I tell you most solemnly, it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven, the true bread; for the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ ‘Sir,’ they said ‘give us that bread always.’ Jesus answered: ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst.’

Prayer over the Offerings    

Receive, O Lord, we pray, these offerings of your exultant Church, and, as you have given her cause for such great gladness, grant also that the gifts we bringmay bear fruit in perpetual happiness. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Rm 6: 8         

If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Christ, alleluia.

Prayer after Communion     

Look with kindness upon your people, O Lord, and grant, we pray, that those you were pleased to renew by eternal mysteries may attain in their flesh the incorruptible glory of the resurrection. Through Christ our Lord.


Signs and wonders highly attract human beings. Many people watch them with lots of pleasure. Because of this, the devil has placed the greatest temptation on the way of Christians around that. Someone needs to have the power to perform some strange things, such as laying his hands on people and they fall, foretelling the future, healing a few illnesses, and he will record the most fantastic following. No wonder Jesus refuses in today’s Gospel to bow to the people’s demand for a miracle. « What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you?» Like Jesus in the Gospel, the Catholic Church is very slow to perform signs and wonders. The devil is at work. Jesus had warned that many would come claiming to be from him, but they were wolves in sheepskin. Let us pray for the grace to believe in God even without signs.