First Reading: From the Book of Acts 3:1-10
Vrs1 Once, when Peter and John were going up to the Temple for the prayers at the ninth hour,
Vrs2 it happened that there was a man being carried along. He was a cripple from birth; and they used to put him down every day near the Temple entrance called the Beautiful Gate so that he could beg from the people going in.
Vrs3 When this man saw Peter and John on their way into the Temple he begged from them.
Vrs4 Peter, and John too, looked straight at him and said, ‘Look at us.’
Vrs5 He turned to them expectantly, hoping to get something from them,
Vrs6 but Peter said, ‘I have neither silver nor gold, but I will give you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christthe Nazarene, walk!’
Vrs7 Then he took him by the right hand and helped him to stand up. Instantly his feet and ankles became firm,
Vrs8 he jumped up, stood, and began to walk, and he went with them into the Temple, walking and jumping and praising God.
Vrs9 Everyone could see him walking and praising God,
Vrs10 and they recognized him as the man who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple. They were all astonished and perplexed at what had happened to him.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
Vrs1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh, call on his name, proclaim his deeds to the peoples!
Vrs2 Sing to him, make music for him, recount all his wonders!
Vrs3 Glory in his holy name, let the hearts that seek Yahweh rejoice!
Vrs4 Seek Yahweh and his strength, tirelessly seek his presence!
Vrs6 Stock of Abraham, his servant, children of Jacob whom he chose!
Vrs7 He is Yahweh our God, his judgements touch the whole world.
Vrs8 He remembers his covenant for ever, the promise he laid down for a thousand generations,
Vrs9 which he concluded with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint Luke 24:13-35
Vrs13 Now that very same day, two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem,
Vrs14 and they were talking together about all that had happened.
Vrs15 And it happened that as they were talking together and discussing it, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side;
Vrs16 but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
Vrs17 He said to them, ‘What are all these things that you are discussing as you walk along?’ They stopped, their faces downcast.
Vrs18 Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘You must be the only person staying in Jerusalemwho does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.’
Vrs19 He asked, ‘What things?’ They answered, ‘All about Jesus of Nazareth, who showed himself a prophetpowerful in action and speech before God and the whole people;
Vrs20 and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified.
Vrs21 Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole days have now gone by since it all happened;
Vrs22 and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning,
Vrs23 and when they could not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive.
Vrs24 Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.’
Vrs25 Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men! So slow to believe all that the prophets have said!
Vrs26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer before entering into his glory?’
Vrs27 Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.
Vrs28 When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on;
Vrs29 but they pressed him to stay with them saying, ‘It is nearly evening, and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them.
Vrs30 Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them.
Vrs31 And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; but he had vanished from their sight.
Vrs32 Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’
Vrs33 They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions,
Vrs34 who said to them, ‘The Lord has indeed risen and has appeared to Simon.’
Vrs35 Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.