26th March Daily Reading (Holy Saturday)

Christ Raising Adam

First Reading: From the Book of Genesis 1:1–2:2

Vrs1 In the beginning God created heaven and earth.

Vrs2 Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters.

Vrs3 God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.

Vrs4 God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness.

Vrs5 God called light ‘day’, and darkness he called ‘night’. Evening came and morning came: the first day.

Vrs6 God said, ‘Let there be a vault through the middle of the waters to divide the waters in two.’ And so it was.

Vrs7 God made the vault, and it divided the waters under the vault from the waters above the vault.

Vrs8 God called the vault ‘heaven’. Evening came and morning came: the second day.

Vrs9 God said, ‘Let the waters under heaven come together into a single mass, and let dry land appear.’ And so it was.

Vrs10 God called the dry land ‘earth’ and the mass of waters ‘seas’, and God saw that it was good.

Vrs11 God said, ‘Let the earth produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants, and fruit trees on earth, bearing fruit with their seed inside, each corresponding to its own species.’ And so it was.

Vrs12 The earth produced vegetation: the various kinds of seed-bearing plants and the fruit trees with seed inside, each corresponding to its own species. God saw that it was good.

Vrs13 Evening came and morning came: the third day.

Vrs14 God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of heaven to divide day from night, and let them indicate festivals, days and years.

Vrs15 Let them be lights in the vault of heaven to shine on the earth.’ And so it was.

Vrs16 God made the two great lights: the greater light to govern the day, the smaller light to govern the night, and the stars.

Vrs17 God set them in the vault of heaven to shine on the earth,

Vrs18 to govern the day and the night and to divide light from darkness. God saw that it was good.

Vrs19 Evening came and morning came: the fourth day.

Vrs20 God said, ‘Let the waters be alive with a swarm of living creatures, and let birds wing their way above the earth across the vault of heaven.’ And so it was.

Vrs21 God created great sea-monsters and all the creatures that glide and teem in the waters in their own species, and winged birds in their own species. God saw that it was good.

Vrs22 God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters of the seas; and let the birds multiply on land.’

Vrs23 Evening came and morning came: the fifth day.

Vrs24 God said, ‘Let the earth produce every kind of living creature in its own species: cattle, creeping things and wild animals of all kinds.’ And so it was.

Vrs25 God made wild animals in their own species, and cattle in theirs, and every creature that crawls along the earth in its own species. God saw that it was good.

Vrs26 God said, ‘Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground.’

Vrs27 God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.

Vrs28 God blessed them, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven and all the living creatures that move on earth.’

Vrs29 God also said, ‘Look, to you I give all the seed-bearing plants everywhere on the surface of the earth, and all the trees with seed-bearing fruit; this will be your food.

Vrs30 And to all the wild animals, all the birds of heaven and all the living creatures that creep along the ground, I give all the foliage of the plants as their food.’ And so it was.

Vrs31 God saw all he had made, and indeed it was very good. Evening came and morning came: the sixth day.

Vrs2 On the seventh day God had completed the work he had been doing. He rested on the seventh day after all the work he had been doing.

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35

Vrs1 Bless Yahweh, my soul, Yahweh, my God, how great you are! Clothed in majesty and splendour,

Vrs2 wearing the light as a robe! You stretch out the heavens like a tent,

Vrs5 You fixed the earth on its foundations, for ever and ever it shall not be shaken;

Vrs6 you covered it with the deep like a garment, the waters overtopping the mountains.

Vrs10 In the ravines you opened up springs, running down between the mountains,

Vrs12 on their banks the birds of the air make their nests, they sing among the leaves.

Vrs13 From your high halls you water the mountains, satisfying the earth with the fruit of your works:

Vrs14 for cattle you make the grass grow, and for people the plants they need, to bring forth food from the earth,

Vrs24 How countless are your works, Yahweh, all of them made so wisely! The earth is full of your creatures.

Vrs35 May sinners vanish from the earth, and the wicked exist no more! Bless Yahweh, my soul.

Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint Luke 24:1-12

Vrs1 On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, they went to the tomb with the spices they had prepared.

Vrs2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb,

Vrs3 but on entering they could not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

Vrs4 As they stood there puzzled about this, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side.

Vrs5 Terrified, the women bowed their heads to the ground. But the two said to them, ‘Why look among the dead for someone who is alive?

Vrs6 He is not here; he has risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee:

Vrs7 that the Son of man was destined to be handed over into the power of sinful men and be crucified, and rise again on the third day.’

Vrs8 And they remembered his words.

Vrs9 And they returned from the tomb and told all this to the Eleven and to all the others.

Vrs10 The women were Mary of Magdala, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. And the other women with them also told the apostles,

Vrs11 but this story of theirs seemed pure nonsense, and they did not believe them.

Vrs12 Peter, however, went off to the tomb, running. He bent down and looked in and saw the linen cloths but nothing else; he then went back home, amazed at what had happened.

Second Reading: From the Book of Genesis 22:1-18

Vrs1 It happened some time later that God put Abraham to the test. ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ he called. ‘Here I am,’ he replied.

Vrs2 God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, your beloved Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, where you are to offer him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I shall point out to you.’

Vrs3 Early next morning Abraham saddled his donkey and took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. He chopped wood for the burnt offering and started on his journey to the place which God had indicated to him.

Vrs4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.

Vrs5 Then Abraham said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I are going over there; we shall worship and then come back to you.’

Vrs6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering, loaded it on Isaac, and carried in his own hands the fire and the knife. Then the two of them set out together.

Vrs7 Isaac spoke to his father Abraham. ‘Father?’ he said. ‘Yes, my son,’ he replied. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘here are the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’

Vrs8 Abraham replied, ‘My son, God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.’ And the two of them went on together.

Vrs9 When they arrived at the place which God had indicated to him, Abraham built an altar there, and arranged the wood. Then he bound his son and put him on the altar on top of the wood.

Vrs10 Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.

Vrs11 But the angel of Yahweh called to him from heaven. ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ he said. ‘Here I am,’ he replied.

Vrs12 ‘Do not raise your hand against the boy,’ the angel said. ‘Do not harm him, for now I know you fear God. You have not refused me your own beloved son.’

Vrs13 Then looking up, Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. Abraham took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son.

Vrs14 Abraham called this place ‘Yahweh provides’, and hence the saying today: ‘On the mountain Yahwehprovides.’

Vrs15 The angel of Yahweh called Abraham a second time from heaven.

Vrs16 ‘I swear by my own self, Yahweh declares, that because you have done this, because you have not refused me your own beloved son,

Vrs17 I will shower blessings on you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will gain possession of the gates of their enemies.

Vrs18 All nations on earth will bless themselves by your descendants, because you have obeyed my command.’

 

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