Saturday – St Augustine of Canterbury

Benedictine monk. Born in the sixth century and died in 604.
Founder of the Church in England



May I hereby draw your attention to
the daily reading of the Gospel?

This invitation wants to share with you the joy
of the Gospel. Everyone, no one except,
can experience that joy by opening their hearts
to the healing power of God’s word.

Available every day.

Paul arrives in Rome to serve out his imprisonment in a small house. From there he will spend another two years preaching the teachings of Christ in the face of an empire in full glory, an immense pagan empire that must have given Paul the impression that as far as proclamation and the call to conversion are concerned, there was no beginning. Yet we owe him the expansion of Christianity. We live in a world that seems “foolproof” to our message. Like Paul, we are sometimes locked in a small house with our message of salvation and peace. How can we get through to people?


FIRST READING        Acts 28, 16-20.30-31

Paul stayed in Rome and preached the Kingdom of God there.

From the Acts of the Apostles

After arriving in Rome, Paul was given leave
to live by himself with the soldier guarding him.
Three days later, he summoned the principal Jews with him.
When they were assembled, he said to them :
“Men brothers,
although I have done nothing against our people
or against the ancestral customs,
from Jerusalem
delivered as a prisoner to the Romans.
“These wanted to release me after interrogation
because I had done nothing punishable by death.
“But because the Jews opposed this
I was forced to appeal to the emperor,
this, however, not
as if I had any complaint to make against my people.
“This, then, is the reason
why I requested to see you and address you.
“It is because of the expectation of Israel
that I wear these chains.”

For full two years, Paul tarried there in his own rented apartment
and received all who came to him.
He preached the Kingdom of God
and taught the doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ
in all boldness,
without any hindrance.

INTERLUDIUM       Ps. 11(10), 5, 6, 8

God is just, justice is dear to Him,
and courts will see Him.
Or: Alleluia.

The Lord in His holy temple,
the Lord, He enthrones in heaven.
His eyes look down upon us,
His glances pervade men.

Good and bad He sees through,
He hates those who love injustice.
For God is just, justice is dear to Him,
and courts will see Him.


ALLELUIA           John 16:7 and 13

The Spirit of truth will I send unto you, saith the Lord,
and He will bring you to the full truth.


GOSPEL              Jn 21, 20 – 25

This is the disciple who wrote this, and his testimony is true.

From the holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to

At that time,
when Peter turned around, he saw
that the disciple whom Jesus loved dearly was following them ;
the same one who also at the meal had leaned against Jesus’ breast
and had said :
Lord, who is it that will deliver You up?
When Peter now saw him, he asked Jesus :
“What about him then ?”
To which Jesus told him :
“If I want him to stay until I come,
is that thy business?
“Ye must follow Me!”
Thus a rumor arose among the brethren
that that disciple would not die.
Yet Jesus had not told him that he would not die
but :
If I want him to stay until I come,
is that your business?

This is the disciple
who testified of these things and wrote this,
and we know that his testimony is true.
There are many other things Jesus did.
But if they were described one by one,
then, in my opinion, even the whole world
be too small for the books one would then have to write.


Laudato Si

Encyclic of


On caring for the common home


182. An assessment of the environmental impact of business ventures and projects demands transparent political processes involving a free exchange of views. On the other hand, the forms of corruption which conceal the actual environmental impact of a given project, in exchange for favors, usually produce specious agreements which fail to inform adequately and to allow for full debate.

To be continued


The Bible text in this issue is taken from The New Translation of the Bible,
©Dutch Bible Society 2004/2007.
Considerations from Liturgical suggestions for weekdays and Sundays
Laudato Si Official English translation

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I am a 91-years old retired Johnson & Johnson researcher, who wants to spend the rest of his years to the spreading of the gospel in a daily blog.

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