Saturday of the Third Week of Easter
April 28, 2012

Psalter: Week III

Color: White


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Acts 9:31-42
    31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Sama'ria had peace and was built up; and walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit it was multiplied.
    32 Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda.
    33 There he found a man named Aene'as, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed.
    34 And Peter said to him, "Aene'as, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose.
    35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.
    36 Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity.
    37 In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room.
    38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us without delay."
    39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them.
    40 But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
    41 And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive.
    42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 116:12-17
    12 What shall I render to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
    13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,
    14 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
    15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
    16 O LORD, I am thy servant; I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid. Thou hast loosed my bonds.
    17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.

  • Gospel

    John 6:60-69
    60 Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?"
    61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, "Do you take offense at this?
    62 Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before?
    63 It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
    64 But there are some of you that do not believe." For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that would betray him.
    65 And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father."
    66 After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him.
    67 Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?"
    68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life;
    69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 1:18-25
    18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
    19 For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart."
    20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
    21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
    22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,
    23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,
    24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
    25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-10
    1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
    3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
    6 Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire; but thou hast given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering thou hast not required.
    7 Then I said, "Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me;
    8 I delight to do thy will, O my God; thy law is within my heart."
    9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, as thou knowest, O LORD.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 28:16-20
    16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
    17 And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted.
    18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
    19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
    20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."


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