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Thursday, April 9, 2015

This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it - Daily Bible Readings April 9,2015

1ST READING
 
Peter believes that Jesus is still present in his ministry. The healing of the crippled man is testimony to that. This gives Peter the courage to continue to speak the truth of the Gospel even though the authorities are plotting to stop the spread of Christianity. We know that they failed dismally in this goal. Why? The truth of the Gospel cannot be silenced. The Good News will overcome all obstacles so that it is proclaimed.
 
Acts 3:11-26
11 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.” 12 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? 13 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. 14 You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses. 16 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. 17 Now I know, brothers and sisters that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; 18 but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. 19 Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, 20 and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Christ already appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old. 22For 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. 23 Everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be cut off from the people. 24“Moreover, all the prophets who spoke, from Samuel and those afterwards, also announced these days. 25 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 earthshall be blessed. 26 For you first, God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways.”
 
P S A L M
Psalm 8:2, 5, 6-7, 8-9
R: O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
1 [2] O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name over all the earth! 4 [5] What is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him? (R) 5 [6] You have made him little less than the angels, and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 [7] You have given him rule over the works of your hands, putting all things under his feet. (R) [8] All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field, 8 [9] the birds of the air, the fishes of the sea, and whatever swims the paths of the seas. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
To see the Risen Jesus must have been a surreal experience. It seems that Jesus is not immediately recognizable as Himself, but eventually it is evident that He is the Risen Lord. Let us reflect upon the gift of the resurrection of Jesus and what it means in terms of His victory over sin and death.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
 
Luke 24:35-48
35 The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of the bread.36 While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? 39Look 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.” 40 And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of baked fish; 43 he took it and ate it in front of them. 44 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.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46 And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day 47 and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.”
 
think: The truth of the Gospel cannot be silenced.
 
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