Almighty God, whom truly
to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to
know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth,
and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps
in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus
Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.
Now the apostles and the believers
who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted
the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem,
the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, "Why
did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?"
Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step,
saying, "I was in the city of Joppa praying, and
in a trance I saw a vision...
I saw a new heaven and a new
earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had
passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the
holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven
from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
"See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away."
At the last supper, when Judas
had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has
been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If
God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify
him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little
children, I am with you only a little longer. You will
look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say
to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.' I give
you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just
as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another."...More