FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
After Paul and Barnabas 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 elders 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