Reading 1 Acts 8:26-40
The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, "Get up and head south on the road
that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route." So he got up and set out. Now
there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, that is, the queen of the
Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury, who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was
returning home. Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. The Spirit said to Philip,
"Go and join up with that chariot." Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and
said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" He replied, "How can I, unless someone
instructs me?" So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him. This was the Scripture
passage he was reading:
Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and as a lamb
before its shearer is silent, so he opened not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who will tell of his posterity? For his life is taken from the earth.
the eunuch said to Philip in reply, "I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this? About
himself, or about someone else?" Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture
passage, he proclaimed Jesus to him. As they traveled along the road they came to some water, and
the eunuch said, "Look, there is water. What is to prevent my being baptized?" Then he
ordered the chariot to stop, and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water, and he
When they came out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched
Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, but continued on his way rejoicing. Philip came to
Azotus, and went about proclaiming the good news to all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
Responsorial Psalm PS 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
R. (1) Let all the earth cry
out to God with joy.
Bless our God, you peoples,
He has given life to our souls,
and has not let our feet slip.
R. Let all
the earth cry out to God with joy.
Hear now, all you who fear God,
while I declare
what he has done for me.
When I appealed to him in words,
praise was on the
tip of my tongue.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Blessed be God who refused me not
my prayer or his kindness!
all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Gospel Jn 6:44-51
Jesus said to the crowds: "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets:
all be taught by God.
Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him
comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the
Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your
ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats
this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the