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Vol: 45, No.30 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER ( B) May 06 2018  
Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth: The Lord has freed his people, alleluia! (Isa 48:20)
The centurion who stood gazing at Jesus as he breathed his last exclaimed, “Truly this man was the Son God.” In today’s First Reading we have another centurion by name Cornelius who along with his family are baptized in the Name of Jesus. The centurion who confessed Jesus as the Son of God and Cornelius who received baptism in his name were Gentiles. The entry of Gentiles into the fold of believers was one of the major events in the early Church. The Jewish believers were over-conscious of their preferred status before God and so they were amazed when God gave his Spirit to the Gentiles. Jesus came to save all and all people of goodwill find a place in him. We need to abide in Jesus as the branches are attached to the vine. Are we willing to do it? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God/....
Glory to God ...

Grant, almighty God, that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy, which we keep in honour of the risen Lord, and that what we relive in remembrance we may always hold to in what we do. 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.
(As Peter is speaking in the house of Cornelius, a Roman centurion and believer in Christ, the Holy Spirit falls on all those who are present).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48)
When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshipped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.” And Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”
While Peter was still saying this, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone forbid water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (98)
Response: The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.
Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders. His right hand and his holy arm have brought salvation. R./
The Lord has made known his salvation; has shown his justice to the nations. He has remembered his truth and love for the house of Israel. R./
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