Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for:God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble.So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesuswill himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish youafter you have suffered a little.To him be dominion forever. Amen.I write you this briefly through Silvanus,whom I consider a faithful brother,exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God.Remain firm in it.The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son.Greet one another with a loving kiss.Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.For you have said, "My kindness is established forever";in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.The heavens proclaim your wonders, O LORD,and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones.For who in the skies can rank with the LORD?Who is like the LORD among the sons of God? R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.At your name they rejoice all the day,and through your justice they are exalted.R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.
Alleluia 1 Cor 1:23a-24bR. Alleluia, alleluia.We proclaim Christ crucified:he is the power of God and the wisdom of God.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mk 16:15-20Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:"Go into the whole worldand proclaim the Gospel to every creature.Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;whoever does not believe will be condemned.These signs will accompany those who believe:in my name they will drive out demons,they will speak new languages.They will pick up serpents with their hands,and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,was taken up into heavenand took his seat at the right hand of God.But they went forth and preached everywhere,while the Lord worked with themand confirmed the word through accompanying signs.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Acts 4:23-31After their release Peter and John went back to their own peopleand reported what the chief priests and elders had told them.And when they heard it,they raised their voices to God with one accordand said, "Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earthand the sea and all that is in them,you said by the Holy Spiritthrough the mouth of our father David, your servant:Why did the Gentiles rageand the peoples entertain folly?The kings of the earth took their standand the princes gathered togetheragainst the Lord and against his anointed.Indeed they gathered in this cityagainst your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed,Herod and Pontius Pilate,together with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,to do what your hand and your willhad long ago planned to take place.And now, Lord, take note of their threats,and enable your servants to speak your wordwith all boldness, as you stretch forth your hand to heal,and signs and wonders are donethrough the name of your holy servant Jesus."As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook,and they were all filled with the Holy Spiritand continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 2:1-3, 4-7a, 7b-9R. (see 11d) Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.Why do the nations rageand the peoples utter folly?The kings of the earth rise up,and the princes conspire togetheragainst the LORD and against his anointed:"Let us break their fettersand cast their bonds from us!"R. Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.He who is throned in heaven laughs;the LORD derides them.Then in anger he speaks to them;he terrifies them in his wrath:"I myself have set up my kingon Zion, my holy mountain."I will proclaim the decree of the LORD.R. Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.The LORD said to me, "You are my Son;this day I have begotten you.Ask of me and I will give youthe nations for an inheritanceand the ends of the earth for your possession.You shall rule them with an iron rod;you shall shatter them like an earthen dish."R. Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.
Alleluia Col 3:1R. Alleluia, alleluia.If then you were raised with Christ,seek what is above,where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Jn 3:1-8There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.He came to Jesus at night and said to him,"Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God,for no one can do these signs that you are doingunless God is with him."Jesus answered and said to him,"Amen, amen, I say to you,unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to him,"How can a man once grown old be born again?Surely he cannot reenter his mother's womb and be born again, can he?"Jesus answered,"Amen, amen, I say to you,unless one is born of water and Spirithe cannot enter the Kingdom of God.What is born of flesh is fleshand what is born of spirit is spirit.Do not be amazed that I told you,'You must be born from above.'The wind blows where it wills,and you can hear the sound it makes,but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Acts 2:42-47They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.Awe came upon everyone,and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.All who believed were together and had all things in common;they would sell their property and possessionsand divide them among all according to each one's need.Every day they devoted themselvesto meeting together in the temple areaand to breaking bread in their homes.They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart,praising God and enjoying favor with all the people.And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24R. (1) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.or:R. Alleluia.Let the house of Israel say,"His mercy endures forever."Let the house of Aaron say,"His mercy endures forever."Let those who fear the LORD say,"His mercy endures forever."R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.or:R. Alleluia.I was hard pressed and was falling,but the LORD helped me.My strength and my courage is the LORD,and he has been my savior.The joyful shout of victoryin the tents of the just: R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.or:R. Alleluia.The stone which the builders rejectedhas 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. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.or:R. Alleluia.
Reading 2 1 Pt 1:3-9Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hopethrough the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,kept in heaven for youwho by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.In this you rejoice, although now for a little whileyou may have to suffer through various trials,so that the genuineness of your faith,more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire,may prove to be for praise, glory, and honorat the revelation of Jesus Christ.Although you have not seen him you love him;even though you do not see him now yet believe in him,you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Alleluia Jn 20:29R. Alleluia, alleluia.You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;blessed are they who have not seen me, but still believe!R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Jn 20:19-31On the evening of that first day of the week,when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,for fear of the Jews,Jesus came and stood in their midstand said to them, "Peace be with you."When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.As the Father has sent me, so I send you."And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,"Receive the Holy Spirit.Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,and whose sins you retain are retained."Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,was not with them when Jesus came.So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord."But he said to them,"Unless I see the mark of the nails in his handsand put my finger into the nailmarksand put my hand into his side, I will not believe."Now a week later his disciples were again insideand Thomas was with them.Jesus came, although the doors were locked,and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands,and bring your hand and put it into my side,and do not be unbelieving, but believe."Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me?Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciplesthat are not written in this book.But these are written that you may come to believethat Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,and that through this belief you may have life in his name.
Posted: April 23, 2017, 9:30 am
Readings courtesy of USCCB