6th Sunday of Easter Year C: 1st Reading

Acts 15:1-2, 22-29

Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,
   “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,
   you cannot be saved.”
Because there arose no little dissension and debate
   by Paul and Barnabas with them,
   it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others
   should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders
   about this question.

The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church,
   decided to choose representatives
   and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,
   and Silas, leaders among the brothers.
This is the letter delivered by them:

“The apostles and the elders, your brothers,
   to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia
   of Gentile origin: greetings.
Since we have heard that some of our number
   who went out without any mandate from us
   have upset you with their teachings
   and disturbed your peace of mind,
   we have with one accord decided to choose representatives
   and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
   who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So we are sending Judas and Silas
   who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:
   ‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
   not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities,
   namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols,
   from blood, from meats of strangled animals,
   and from unlawful marriage.
If you keep free of these,
   you will be doing what is right. Farewell.'”