Thursday, April 12, 2007

Easter Thursday's Mass readings

Reading 1 - 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 - Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9

O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

GospelLk 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.”


At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Kat said...


FYI you have been nominated for the Bloggers Choice Awards. Good Job. and for some infathomable reason so have I.

Go figure.

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what category were you nominated under?

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Kat said...

I wasn't paying that close of attention, I think it was religon I was looking for a friend's blog to vote for her and saw mine and FG's.

At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually saw it, but it's under "Best Geek Blog"- probably as a result of several of your own references. I'm sure it was meant as an endearment.

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Kat said...

I think there are multiple categories for each blog. I was looking it up for FG's blog and the man is nominated under alot of stuff. So apperently I am too.

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read an exchange on an abuse survivors blog, and one topic stopped me cold. I've been trying to understand the "why's" to several different behaviors of my spouse. The area that caught my attention was about rules, and why this victim felt like basic rules that apply to the rest of us didn't apply to her. She said that it wasn't a matter of whether or not normal rules of society "should" apply to her, it was a logical conclusion that they did not. If the rules had been so aggregiously set aside to allow her abuser to do the things he did to her, how could any other, seemingly less important rules be applicable? She explained about going on to engage in behavior that most would consider immoral. She cheated on her spouse, she did drugs, she stole and other things I wouldn't post here. I would have thought she was describing some of the actions in which my spouse has engaged- the actions that have made me wonder if I ever knew the person who I married. It's been hard to understand how the person I married could do these things and not understood why they should be sorry. It been a big hurdle to forgive someone who doesn't think they've done things that need to be forgiven. This woman's post explained so perfectly where she had come from, and maybe it will help me make some things better.


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