Readings for Thursday in the 2nd Week of Easter

First Reading
Acts 5:27-33

We are witnesses of these words, as is the Holy Spirit.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

When the court officers had brought the Apostles in
   and made them stand before the Sanhedrin,
   the high priest questioned them,
“We gave you strict orders did we not,
   to stop teaching in that name.
Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching
   and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,
   “We must obey God rather than men.
The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,
   though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.
God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior
   to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.
We are witnesses of these things,
   as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”

When they heard this,
  they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20 

R. :

R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R. Alleluia.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
   his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
   blessed the man who takes refuge in him.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R. Alleluia.

The LORD confronts the evildoers,
   to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
   and from all their distress he rescues them.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R. Alleluia.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
   and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
Many are the troubles of the just man,
   but out of them all the LORD delivers him.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R. Alleluia.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 20:29

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe!

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jn 3:31-36 

The Father loves the Son and has given everythng over to him.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

The one who comes from above is above all.
The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
   but no one accepts his testimony.
Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
   but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
   but the wrath of God remains upon him.

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.

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