2nd April Daily Reading

Peter in the Court

First Reading: From the Book of Acts 4:13-21

Vrs13 They were astonished at the fearlessness shown by Peter and John, considering that they were uneducated laymen; and they recognised them as associates of Jesus;

Vrs14 but when they saw the man who had been cured standing by their side, they could find no answer.

Vrs15 So they ordered them to stand outside while the Sanhedrin had a private discussion.

Vrs16 ‘What are we going to do with these men?’ they asked. ‘It is obvious to everybody in Jerusalem that a notable miracle has been worked through them, and we cannot deny it.

Vrs17 But to stop the whole thing spreading any further among the people, let us threaten them against ever speaking to anyone in this name again.’

Vrs18 So they called them in and gave them a warning on no account to make statements or to teach in the name of Jesus.

Vrs19 But Peter and John retorted, ‘You must judge whether in God’s eyes it is right to listen to you and not to God.

Vrs20 We cannot stop proclaiming what we have seen and heard.’

Vrs21 The court repeated the threats and then released them; they could not think of any way to punish them, since all the people were giving glory to God for what had happened.

Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 118:1, 14-15, 16-18, 19-21

Vrs1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh for he is good, for his faithful love endures for ever.

Vrs14 Yahweh is my strength and my song, he has been my Saviour.

Vrs15 Shouts of joy and salvation, in the tents of the upright, ‘Yahweh’s right hand is triumphant,

Vrs16 Yahweh’s right hand is victorious, Yahweh’s right hand is triumphant!’

Vrs17 I shall not die, I shall live to recount the great deeds of Yahweh.

Vrs18 Though Yahweh punished me sternly, he has not abandoned me to death.

Vrs19 Open for me the gates of saving justice, I shall go in and thank Yahweh.

Vrs20 This is the gate of Yahweh, where the upright go in.

Vrs21 I thank you for hearing me, and making yourself my Saviour.

Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint Mark 16:9-15

Vrs9 Having risen in the morning on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had cast out seven devils.

Vrs10 She then went to those who had been his companions, and who were mourning and in tears, and told them.

Vrs11 But they did not believe her when they heard her say that he was alive and that she had seen him.

Vrs12 After this, he showed himself under another form to two of them as they were on their way into the country.

Vrs13 These went back and told the others, who did not believe them either.

Vrs14 Lastly, he showed himself to the Eleven themselves while they were at table. He reproached them for their incredulity and obstinacy, because they had refused to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

Vrs15 And he said to them, ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the gospel to all creation.


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