Daily Mass Readings

Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Reading I Acts 4:23-31

After their release Peter and John went back to their own people and reported what the chief priests and elders had told them. And when they heard it, they raised their voices to God with one accord and said, “Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them, you said by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of our father David, your servant:

    Why did the Gentiles rage         and the peoples entertain folly?     The kings of the earth took their stand         and the princes gathered together         against the Lord and against his anointed.

Indeed they gathered in this city against 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 will had long ago planned to take place. And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness, as you stretch forth your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are done through 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 Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

Responsorial Psalm 2:1-3, 4-7a, 7b-9

R.    (see 11d)  Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord. or: R.    Alleluia. Why do the nations rage     and the peoples utter folly? The kings of the earth rise up,     and the princes conspire together     against the LORD and against his anointed: “Let us break their fetters     and 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 king     on 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 you     the nations for an inheritance     and 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 3:1

R. 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 3:1-8

There 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 doing unless 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 Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born of flesh is flesh and 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.”

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Author: USCCB
Posted: April 12, 2021, 8:30 am

Second Sunday of Easter

Reading I Acts 4:32-35

The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.

Responsorial Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

R.  (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 victory     in 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 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.  Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting. or: R.  Alleluia.

Reading II 1 Jn 5:1-6

Beloved: Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves also the one begotten by him. In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith. Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ, not by water alone, but by water and blood. The Spirit is the one that testifies, and the Spirit is truth.

Alleluia Jn 20:29

R. Alleluia, alleluia. You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; Blessed are those who have not seen me, but still believe! R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 20:19-31

On 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 midst and 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 hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

Now a week later his disciples were again inside and 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 disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

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Author: USCCB
Posted: April 11, 2021, 8:30 am

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

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