Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
Readings on p. 441 of the Daily Missal
Come, you blessed of my Father; receive the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, alleluia.
First Reading: Acts 3: 1-10
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
In those days:
Peter and John were going up to the temple
at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
And a man lame from birth was being carried,
whom they laid daily at that gate of the temple
which is called Beautiful
to ask alms of those who entered the temple.
Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple,
he asked for alms.
And Peter directed his gaze at him, with John,
and said, “Look at us.”
And he fixed his attention upon them,
expecting to receive something from them.
But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold,
but I give you what I have;
in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise and walk.”
And he took him by the right hand and raised him up,
and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.
And leaping up he stood and walked
and entered the temple with them,
walking and leaping and praising God.
And all the people saw him walking and praising God
and recognized him as the one who sat for alms
at the Beautiful Gate of the temple,
and they were filled with wonder and amazement
at what had happened to him.
The Word of the Lord
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 105:1-2.3-4.6-7.8-9 (R. 3b)
Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:
R/. Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice.
Give thanks to the Lord; proclaim his name.
Make known his deeds among the peoples.
O sing to him, sing his praise;
tell all his wonderful works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice.
Turn to the Lord and his strength;
constantly seek his face.
O children of Abraham, his servant,
O descendants of Jacob he chose,
he, the Lord, is our God;
his judgements are in all the earth.
He remembers his covenant forever:
the promise he ordained for a thousand generations,
the covenant he made with Abraham,
the oath he swore to Isaac.
R/. Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice.
Please stand for the Gospel
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
That very day, [the first day of the week,]
two of the disciples of Jesus
were going to a village named Emmaus,
about seven miles from Jerusalem,
and talking with each other
about all these things that had happened.
While they were talking and discussing together,
Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
And he said to them, “What is this conversation
which you are holding with each other as you walk?”
And they stood still, looking sad.
Then one of them, named Cleophas, answered him,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know the things
that have happened there in these days?”
And he said to them, “What things?”
And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up
to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.
Yes, and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this happened.
Moreover, some women of our company amazed us.
They were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body;
and they came back saying
that they had even seen a vision of angels,
who said that he was alive.
Some of those who were with us went to the tomb,
and found it just as the women had said;
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “O foolish men,
and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
And beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them in all the scriptures
the things concerning himself.
So they drew near to the village to which they were going.
He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him,
saying, “Stay with us,
for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.”
So he went in to stay with them.
When he was at table with them,
he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them.
And their eyes were opened and they recognized him;
and he vanished out of their sight.
They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us
while he talked to us on the road,
while he opened to us the scriptures?”
And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem;
and they found the eleven gathered together
and those who were with them, who said,
“The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”
Then they told what had happened on the road,
and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
The Gospel of the Lord