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First Reading for the Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter

Acts 14:19-28

Summary: Despite severe persecution, including being stoned, Paul continued preaching and discipling in Derbe, then revisited Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch to strengthen and encourage the believers. After appointing church leaders and sharing the gospel across regions, Paul and Barnabas returned to their starting point in Antioch, recounting the opening of the faith to the Gentiles and celebrating with the community.

Resilience and Mission Success

In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.” They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith.

Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished. And when they arrived, they called the Church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. Then they spent no little time with the disciples.

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