|Then, on the first Sabbath, at very first light, they went to the tomb, carrying the aromatic spices that they had prepared.
|And they found the stone rolled back from the tomb.
|And upon entering, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
|And it happened that, while their minds were still confused about this, behold, two men stood beside them, in shining apparel.
|Then, since they were afraid and were turning their faces toward the ground, these two said to them: “Why do you seek the living with the dead?
|He is not here, for he has risen. Recall how he spoke to you, when he was still in Galilee,
|saying: ‘For the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’ ”
|And they called to mind his words.
|And returning from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven, and to all the others.
|Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary of James, and the other women who were with them, who told these things to the Apostles.
|But these words seemed to them a delusion. And so they did not believe them.
|But Peter, rising up, ran to the tomb. And stooping down, he saw the linen cloths positioned alone, and he went away wondering to himself about what had happened.
|And behold, two of them went out, on the same day, to a town named Emmaus, which was the distance of sixty stadia from Jerusalem.
|And they spoke to one another about all of these things that had occurred.
|And it happened that, while they were speculating and questioning within themselves, Jesus himself, drawing near, traveled with them.
|But their eyes were restrained, so that they would not recognize him.
|And he said to them, “What are these words, which you are discussing with one another, as you walk and are sad?”
|And one of them, whose name was Cleopas, responded by saying to him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
|And he said to them, “What things?” And they said, “About Jesus of Nazareth, who was a noble prophet, powerful in works and in words, before God and all the people.
|And how our high priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death. And they crucified him.
|But we were hoping that he would be the Redeemer of Israel. And now, on top of all this, today is the third day since these things have happened.
|Then, too, certain women from among us terrified us. For before daytime, they were at the tomb,
|and, having not found his body, they returned, saying that they had even seen a vision of Angels, who said that he is alive.
|And some of us went out to the tomb. And they found it just as the women had said. But truly, they did not find him.”
|And he said to them: “How foolish and reluctant in heart you are, to believe everything that has been spoken by the Prophets!
|Was not the Christ required to suffer these things, and so enter into his glory?”
|And beginning from Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them, in all the Scriptures, the things that were about him.
|And they drew near to the town where they were going. And he conducted himself so as to go on further.
|But they were insistent with him, saying, “Remain with us, because it is toward evening and now daylight is declining.” And so he entered with them.
|And it happened that, while he was at table with them, he took bread, and he blessed and broke it, and he extended it to them.
|And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their eyes.
|And they said to one another, “Was not our heart burning within us, while he was speaking on the way, and when he opened the Scriptures to us?”
|And rising up at that same hour, they returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them,
|saying: “In truth, the Lord has risen, and he has appeared to Simon.”
|And they explained the things that were done on the way, and how they had recognized him at the breaking of the bread.
|Then, while they were talking about these things, Jesus stood in their midst, And he said to them: “Peace be with you. It is I. Do not be afraid.”
|Yet truly, they were very disturbed and terrified, supposing that they saw a spirit.
|And he said to them: “Why are you disturbed, and why do these thoughts rise up in your hearts?
|See my hands and feet, that it is I myself. Look and touch. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.”
|And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
|Then, while they were still in disbelief and in wonder out of joy, he said, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
|And they offered him a piece of roasted fish and a honeycomb.
|And when he had eaten these in their sight, taking up what was left, he gave it to them.
|And he said to them: “These are the words that I spoke to you when I was still with you, because all things must be fulfilled which are written in the law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms about me.”
|Then he opened their mind, so that they might understand the Scriptures.
|And he said to them: “For so it is written, and so it was necessary, for the Christ to suffer and to rise up from the dead on the third day,
|and, in his name, for repentance and the remission of sins to be preached, among all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
|And you are witnesses of these things.
|And I am sending the Promise of my Father upon you. But you must stay in the city, until such time as you are clothed with power from on high.”
|Then he led them out as far as Bethania. And lifting up his hands, he blessed them.
|And it happened that, while he was blessing them, he withdrew from them, and he was carried up into heaven.
|And worshiping, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
|And they were always in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.