Easter-April 12, 2020

Happy Easter!

First Reading: The Acts of the Apostles, 10: 34, 37-43

10:34Then, Peter, opening his mouth, said: “I have concluded in truth that God is not a respecter of persons.
10:37You know that the Word has been made known throughout all Judea. For beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached,
10:38Jesus of Nazareth, whom God anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power, traveled around doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil. For God was with him.
10:39And we are witnesses of all that he did in the region of Judea and in Jerusalem, he whom they killed by hanging him on a tree.
10:40God raised him up on the third day and permitted him to be made manifest,
10:41not to all the people, but to the witnesses preordained by God, to those of us who ate and drank with him after he rose again from the dead.
10:42And he instructed us to preach to the people, and to testify that he is the One who was appointed by God to be the judge of the living and of the dead.
10:43To him all the Prophets offer testimony that through his name all who believe in him receive the remission of sins.”

Second Reading: The Letter of St. Paul to the Colossians 3: 1 – 4

3:1Therefore, if you have risen together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
3:2Consider the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth.
3:3For you have died, and so your life is hidden with Christ in God.
3:4When Christ, your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Third Reading: The First Letter of St. Paul to the Corithians 5:6 – 8

5:6It is not good for you to glory. Do you not know that a little leaven corrupts the entire mass?
5:7Purge the old leaven, so that you may become the new bread, for you are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover, has now been immolated.
5:8And so, let us feast, not with the old leaven, not with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The Holy Gospel According to John 20: 1-9

20:1Then on the first Sabbath, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and she saw that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb.
20:2Therefore, she ran and went to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and she said to them, “They have taken the Lord away from the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”
20:3Therefore, Peter departed with the other disciple, and they went to the tomb.
20:4Now they both ran together, but the other disciple ran more quickly, ahead of Peter, and so he arrived at the tomb first.
20:5And when he bowed down, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not yet enter.
20:6Then Simon Peter arrived, following him, and he entered the tomb, and he saw the linen cloths lying there,
20:7and the separate cloth which had been over his head, not placed with the linen cloths, but in a separate place, wrapped up by itself.
20:8Then the other disciple, who had arrived first at the tomb, also entered. And he saw and believed.
20:9For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that it was necessary for him to rise again from the dead.