FIRST READING Acts 7:55-60
Stephen was one of the seven men chosen by the apostles to serve tables so that the apostles could be free to serve
the word (Acts 6:1-6). Stephen does more than distribute food, however. For his preaching of God’s word, he
becomes the first martyr of the faith.
55 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at
the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the
right hand of God!” 57 But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him.
58 Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the
feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my
spirit.” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”
When he had said this, he died.
SECOND READING 1st Peter 2:2-10
Christ is the cornerstone of God’s savingwork and the foundation of our lives. We are God’s chosen, holy people
who continuously celebrate and declare the mercy of God we experience through Jesus Christ.
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— 3 if
indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals
yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5 like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual
house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For
it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever
believes in him will not be put to shame.” 7 To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do
not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,” 8 and “A stone
that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the
word, as they were destined to do. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s
own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into
his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not
received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
GOSPEL READING John 14:1-14
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are
many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And
7 if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am,
there you may be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him,
“Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the
way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, you
will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him,
“Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this
time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say,
“Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words
that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe
me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the
works themselves. 12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do
and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 I will do whatever you
ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me for
anything, I will do it.