Liturgical Reading for the week of April 19-25, 2020

Sunday, April 19: SUNDAY OF DIVINE MERCY

Acts 2:42-47/1 Pt 1:3-9/Jn 20:19-31

1 Peter 1:3-7 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

[a]Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith, to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time. [b]In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Monday, April 20: EASTER WEEKDAY

Acts 4:23-31/Jn 3:1-8

John 3:3-8 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”[b] Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.[c] Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You[d] must be born from above.’[e] The wind[f] blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

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Tuesday, April 21: EASTER WEEKDAY

Acts 4:32-37/Jn 3:7b-15

Acts 4:32-35 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

32 The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. 34 There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, 35 and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.

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Wednesday, April 22: EASTER WEEKDAY

Acts 5:17-26/Jn 3:16-21 

Acts 5:17-21 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

17 Then the high priest took action; he and all who were with him (that is, the sect of the Sadducees), being filled with jealousy, 18 arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors, brought them out, and said, 20 “Go, stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message about this life.” 21 When they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and went on with their teaching.

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Thursday, April 23: EASTER WEEKDAY

Acts 5:27-33/Jn 3:31-36 

John 3:31-34 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified[a] this, that God is true. 34 He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 

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Friday, April 24: EASTER WEEKDAY

Acts 5:34-42/Jn 6:1-15

John 6:10-13 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they[c] sat down, about five thousand in all. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.

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Saturday, April 25: EASTER WEEKDAY

1 Pt 5:5b-14/Mk 16:15-20

Mark 16:15-18 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

15 He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. 18 They will pick up serpents [with their hands], and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

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