Daily Readings

Saturday in the Octave of Easter

Reading I Acts 4:13-21

Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed, and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus. Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them, they could say nothing in reply. So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin, and conferred with one another, saying, “What are we to do with these men? Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign was done through them, and we cannot deny it. But so that it may not be spread any further among the people, let us give them a stern warning never again to speak to anyone in this name.”

So they called them back and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. Peter and John, however, said to them in reply, “Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges. It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” After threatening them further, they released them, finding no way to punish them, on account of the people who were all praising God for what had happened.

Responsorial Psalm 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21

R.    (21a) I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me. or: R.    Alleluia. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,     for his mercy endures forever. My strength and my courage is the LORD,     and he has been my savior. The joyful shout of victory     in the tents of the just. R.    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me. or: R.    Alleluia. “The right hand of the LORD is exalted;     the right hand of the LORD has struck with power.” I shall not die, but live,     and declare the works of the LORD. Though the LORD has indeed chastised me,     yet he has not delivered me to death. R.    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me. or: R.    Alleluia. Open to me the gates of justice;     I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD;     the just shall enter it. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me     and have been my savior. R.    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me. or: R.    Alleluia.  

Alleluia Ps 118:24

R. Alleluia, alleluia. This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it. R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 16:9-15

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either.

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

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Author: USCCB
Posted: April 10, 2021, 8:30 am

Friday in the Octave of Easter

Acts 4:1-12

After the crippled man had been cured, while Peter and John were still speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple guard, and the Sadducees confronted them, disturbed that they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They laid hands on Peter and John and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening. But many of those who heard the word came to believe and the number of men grew to about five thousand.

On the next day, their leaders, elders, and scribes were assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly class. They brought them into their presence and questioned them, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them, “Leaders of the people and elders: If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed. He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,     which has become the cornerstone. There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”

Responsorial Psalm 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27a

R.    (22)  The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone. or: R.    Alleluia. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,     for his mercy endures forever. Let the house of Israel say,     “His mercy endures forever.” Let those who fear the LORD say,     “His mercy endures forever.” R.    The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone. or: R.    Alleluia. The stone which the builders rejected     has become the cornerstone. By the LORD has this been done;     it is wonderful in our eyes. This is the day the LORD has made;     let us be glad and rejoice in it. R.    The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone. or: R.    Alleluia. O LORD, grant salvation!     O LORD, grant prosperity! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;     we bless you from the house of the LORD.     The LORD is God, and he has given us light. R.    The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone. or: R.    Alleluia.

Alleluia Ps 118:24

R. Alleluia, alleluia. This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it. R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 21:1-14

Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord. Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead.

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Author: USCCB
Posted: April 9, 2021, 8:30 am

Thursday in the Octave of Easter

Reading I Acts 3:11-26

As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John, all the people hurried in amazement toward them in the portico called “Solomon’s Portico.” When Peter saw this, he addressed the people, “You children of Israel, why are you amazed at this, and why do you look so intently at us as if we had made him walk by our own power or piety? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence, when he had decided to release him. You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, this man, whom you see and know, his name has made strong, and the faith that comes through it has given him this perfect health, in the presence of all of you. Now I know, brothers and sisters, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Christ already appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old. For Moses said:

    A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you         from among your own kin;     to him you shall listen in all that he may say to you.     Everyone who does not listen to that prophet         will be cut off from the people.    

“Moreover, all the prophets who spoke, from Samuel and those afterwards, also announced these days. You are the children of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors when he said to Abraham,     In your offspring all the families of the earth shall be blessed. For you first, God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways.”

Responsorial Psalm 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9

R.    (2ab)  O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! or: R.    Alleluia. O LORD, our Lord,     how glorious is your name over all the earth! What is man that you should be mindful of him,     or the son of man that you should care for him? R.    O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! or: R.    Alleluia. You have made him little less than the angels,     and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him rule over the works of your hands,     putting all things under his feet. R.    O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! or: R.    Alleluia. All sheep and oxen,     yes, and the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,     and whatever swims the paths of the seas. R.    O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! or: R.    Alleluia.

Alleluia Ps 118:24

R. Alleluia, alleluia. This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it. R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 24:35-48

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish;  he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”

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Author: USCCB
Posted: April 8, 2021, 8:30 am

 

 

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