Fifth Sunday after Easter
Epistle • James 1:22-27
Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed James, the Apostle.
[Let us follow the perfect law of liberty; the precepts of God and the Church; and God will bless us in our deeds.]
Dearly beloved, Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if a man be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he shall be compared to a man beholding his own countenance in a glass: for he beheld himself and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was. But he that hath looked into the perfect law of liberty and hath continued therein, not becoming a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work: this man shall be blessed in his deed.
And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue but deceiving his own heart, this mans religion is vain. Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation, and to keep ones self unspotted from this world.
Gospel • John 16:23-30
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.
[Let us ask of God, from Whom all good things come, by the merits of Jesus Our Redeemer, spiritual and temporal graces.]
At that time Jesus saith to His disciples: Amen, amen, I say to you: if you ask the Father any thing in My Name, He will give it you. Hitherto you have not asked any thing in My Name: Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things I have spoken to you in proverbs. The hour cometh when I will no more speak to you in proverbs, but will show you plainly of the Father.
In that day you shall ask in My Name; and I say not to you that I will ask the Father for you: for the Father Himself loveth you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father and am come into the world; again I leave the world and I go to the Father. His disciples say to Him: Behold, now Thou speakest plainly and speakest no proverb. Now we know that Thou knowest all things and Thou needest not that any man should ask Thee: by this we believe that Thou camest forth from God.