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24/04/2021 Day 114

Saturday, 24th April 2021
Saturday of the Third Week of Easter
Readings and Antiphons on p 492 of the Daily Missal 

Entrance Antiphon
You have been buried with Christ in baptism, through which you also rose again by faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead, alleluia.

First Reading: Acts 9:31-42

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

In those days:
The church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria
had peace and was built up;
and walking in the fear of the Lord
and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit it was multiplied. 

Now as Peter went here and there among them all,
he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda.
There he found a man named Aeneas,
who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed.
And Peter said to him,
“Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you;
rise and make your bed.”
 And immediately he rose.
And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him,
and they turned to the Lord. 

Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha,
which means Dorcas or Gazelle.
She was full of good works and acts of charity.
In those days she fell sick and died;
and when they had washed her,
they laid her in an upper room. 

Since Lydda was near Joppa,
the disciples, hearing that Peter was there,
sent two men to him entreating him,
“Please come to us without delay.” 

So Peter rose and went with them.
And when he had come,
they took him to the upper room.
All the widows stood beside him weeping
and showing coats and garments which Dorcas made
while she was with them. B
ut Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed;
then turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, rise.”
And she opened her eyes,
and when she saw Peter she sat up.
And he gave her his hand and lifted her up.
Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive.
And it became known throughout all Joppa,
and many believed in the Lord.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 116:12-13.14-15.16-17 (R. 12)

Let us pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?

How can I repay the Lord
for all his goodness to me?
The cup of salvation I will raise;
I will call on the name of the Lord.

My vows to the Lord I will fulfil
before all his people.
How precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful.

Your servant, Lord, your servant am I,
the son of your handmaid;
you have loosened my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I make;
I will call on the name of the Lord.

R/. How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?

Please stand for the Gospel

Alleluia, alleluia.
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of eternal life.

Gospel: John 6:60-69

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

At that time:
Many of the disciples of Jesus said,
“This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 

But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it,
said to them, “Do you take offense at this?
Then what if you were to see the Son of man
ascending where he was before?
It is the spirit that gives life,
the flesh is of no avail;
the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
But there are some of you that do not believe.”
For Jesus knew from the first
who those were that did not believe,
and who it was that would betray him.
And he said,
“This is why I told you that no one can come to me
unless it is granted him by the Father.” 

After this many of his disciples drew back
and no longer walked with him.
Jesus said to the twelve,
“Will you also go away?” 

Simon Peter answered him,
“Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life;
and we have believed, and have come to know,
that you are the Holy One of God.”

The Gospel of the Lord

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