Readings for Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

Acts 3:1-10

What I do have I give you; in the name of the Lord Jesus, rise and walk.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Peter and John were going up to the temple area
   for the three o’clock hour of prayer.
And a man crippled from birth was carried
   and placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every day
   to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.
When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,
   he asked for alms.
But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,
   and said, “Look at us.”
He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.
Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold,
   but what I do have I give you:
   in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.”
Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up,
   and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong.
He leaped up, stood, and walked around,
   and went into the temple with them,
   walking and jumping and praising God.
When all the people saw him walking and praising God,
   they recognized him as the one
   who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple,
   and they were filled with amazement and astonishment
   at what had happened to him.

Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9

R. (3b) Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.

Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
   make known among the nations his deeds.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
   proclaim all his wondrous deeds.

R. Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.

Glory in his holy name;
   rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
Look to the LORD in his strength;
   seek to serve him constantly.

R. Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.

You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
   sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
   throughout the earth his judgments prevail.

R. Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.

He remembers forever his covenant
   which he made binding for a thousand generations—
Which he entered into with Abraham
   and by his oath to Isaac.

R. Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.

Ps 118:24

SEQUENCE (optional)

Victimae paschali laudes

Christians, to the Paschal victim
   Offer your thankful praises!
A Lamb the sheep redeems:
   Christ, who only is sinless,
   Reconciles sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
   The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
Speak, Mary, declaring
   What you saw, wayfaring:
“The tomb of Christ, who is living,
   The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
Bright angels attesting,
   The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
   To Galilee he will go before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining;
   Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
   Amen. Alleluia.

Lk 24:13-35

They recognized Jesus in the breaking of bread.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

That very day, the first day of the week,
   two of Jesus’ disciples were going
   to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
   and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
   Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
   but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
   “What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
   “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
   who does not know of the things
   that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him,
   “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
   who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
   before God and all the people,
   how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
   to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
   and besides all this,
   it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
   they were at the tomb early in the morning
   and did not find his body;
   they came back and reported
   that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
   who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
   and found things just as the women had described,
   but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
   and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
   he interpreted to them what referred to him
   in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
   he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
   for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
   he took bread, said the blessing,
   broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
   but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
   “Were not our hearts burning within us
   while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
   where they found gathered together
   the Eleven and those with them who were saying,
   “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way
   and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections


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