A-Easter II 2017-04-23

 

April 23, 2017 SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER


Year A

First Reading Acts 2:42-47

A reading from the writings of Luke found in the Acts of the Apostles.

They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and the communal life,

to the breaking of the bread,

and to the prayers.

Awe came upon everyone,

for many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

 

Those who believed shared all things in common;

they would sell their property and possessions

and divide them among all

according to each one’s need.

Every day they met together in the temple area

and then went home to break bread.

With exultant and sincere hearts they ate their meals together,

praising God and enjoying the approval of all the people.

Day by day God added to their number those who were being saved.

The word of God, spoken through Luke in the Acts of the Apostles.


April 23, 2017 SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER


Year A

Second Reading 1 Peter 1:3-9

A reading from the first letter of Peter and the writings of Pope Francis in “Laudato Si”

Peter writes…

Blessed be the Abba God of our Savior Jesus Christ,

who with great mercy gave us a new birth;

a birth unto hope which draws its life

from the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead;

a birth to an imperishable inheritance

incapable of fading and defilement,

kept in heaven for you

who are guarded with God’s power through faith;

a birth to a salvation that stands ready

to be revealed in the last days.

There is cause for rejoicing here!...

Francis writes:

“Laudato si , mi Signore” – “Praise be to you, my God”

In the words of this beautiful canticle,

St. Francis of Assisi reminds us

that our common home is like a sister

with whom we share our life

and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.

“Praise to you, my God, through our Sister, Mother Earth,

who sustains and governs us,

and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs”

This sister now cries out to us

because of the harm we have inflicted on her ….

The earth herself, burdened and laid waste,

is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; She “groans in travail”.

We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth;

Our very bodies are made up or her elements.

We breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.

Nothing in this world is indifferent to us.

The Word of God spoken through Peter and Pope Francis


April 23, 2017 SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER


Year A

Gospel John 20:19-31

A reading from the holy gospel according to John.

On the evening of that first day of the week,

even though the disciples had locked the doors of the place where they were

for fear of the authorities,

Jesus came and stood in their midst.

“Peace be with you,” he said to them.

 

Then Jesus showed them the marks of crucifixion on his hands, his feet, his side.

At the sight of Jesus, the disciples were filled with joy.

Jesus spoke to them again:

“Peace be with you. As Abba God sent me, so I send you.”

After saying this, Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you hold them bound, they are held bound.”

It happened that one of the Twelve, Thomas (the name means “twin”),was absent when Jesus came. The other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen Jesus!”

But Thomas said,

“Unless I touch the nail marks in his hands

and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

One week later the disciples were again inside the room

and this time Thomas was with them.

Again the doors were locked and again Jesus came and stood before them,

saying, “Peace be with you.” Then, to Thomas, Jesus said,

“Take your finger and examine my hands. Put your hand into my side.

Do not persist in your unbelief, but believe!”

Thomas answered, saying, “My Savior and my God!”

Jesus then said to Thomas,

“You came to believe because you saw me.

Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of the disciples that are not recorded here.

But these have been recorded to help you believe that Jesus is the Messiah,

the Only Begotten of God,

so that through this belief you may have life in Jesus’ name.

The Good News of Our Salvation, spoken through John.

 

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