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Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter 
Lectionary: 297

Reading 1ACTS 19:1-8

While Apollos was in Corinth,
Paul traveled through the interior of the country
and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples.
He said to them,
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”
They answered him,
“We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
He said, “How were you baptized?”
They replied, “With the baptism of John.”
Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
that is, in Jesus.”
When they heard this,
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul laid his hands on them,
the Holy Spirit came upon them,
and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Altogether there were about twelve men.
He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly
with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.

St. Paul went to Ephesus and found there 12 Christians who had only received the Baptism of John.  They had not even heard of the Holy Spirit.  But after St. Paul baptized and confirmed them in the name of Jesus Christ, they received the Holy Spirit signified by the fact that they spoke in tongues and prophecied (i.e. spoke the Word of God.)
 Afterwards, St. Paul remained there months in Ephesus preaching powerfully the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Responsorial PsalmPS 68:2-3AB, 4-5ACD, 6-7AB

R. (33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
God arises; his enemies are scattered,
and those who hate him flee before him.
As smoke is driven away, so are they driven;
as wax melts before the fire.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
But the just rejoice and exult before God;
they are glad and rejoice.
Sing to God, chant praise to his name;
whose name is the LORD.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
The father of orphans and the defender of widows
is God in his holy dwelling.
God gives a home to the forsaken;
he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.

Rejoice, all of you who believe in God.  For God goes before you and follows after you, making certain that your way is safe.  Therefore, always rejoice and praise God our Saviour.

GospelJN 16:29-33

The disciples said to Jesus,
“Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
Now we realize that you know everything
and that you do not need to have anyone question you.
Because of this we believe that you came from God.”

The Apostles had been confused, but received a gift of lucidity.  Now they suddenly understood that Jesus is the Christ and that He must suffer and die.
Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
when each of you will be scattered to his own home
and you will leave me alone.

But Jesus prophecied.  You think you understand.  But in a few minutes, you will be running away wondering why you ever were with me.  
But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

Jesus let them know what would happen so that when it happened they would know that He is God.  And also, that they would come to realize that being His, they would suffer as He suffered.  And that they would conquer the world as He conquered the world.  By His love.

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