Easter: Wednesday of the Sixth Week

“After Paul’s escorts had taken him to Athens, they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.” (Acts of the Apostles 17:15)

In commenting on these verses from today’s First Reading, Saint John Chrysostom writes:

“And receiving,” it says, “a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.” For even though he was Paul, he still needed them. So with good reason they were urged to go to Macedonia by God; for Greece lay there bright before them. Notice how much eagerness was shown by the disciples toward their teachers. It is not so among us, separated and divided into great and small. Some of us are exalted, others are envious. They are envious because we are puffed up and cannot bear to be equals with them. The reason why there is harmony in the body is because nothing is puffed up, and there is nothing puffed up because the limbs are by necessity in a state of mutual need. The head needs the feet, and the feet the head” (Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles, 37)

Grant, we pray, O Lord,
that, as we celebrate in mystery
the solemnities of your Son’s Resurrection,
so, too, we may be worthy
to rejoice at his coming with all the Saints.
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. Amen.

The Lord is risen. Alleluia!
He is risen, indeed. Alleluia!

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen