The Ascension of the Lord
May 17, 2012

Psalter: Week II

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Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Acts 18:1-8
    1 After this he left Athens and went to Corinth.
    2 And he found a Jew named Aq'uila, a native of Pontus, lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them;
    3 and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them, and they worked, for by trade they were tentmakers.
    4 And he argued in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks.
    5 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedo'nia, Paul was occupied with preaching, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus.
    6 And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your blood be upon your heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles."
    7 And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God; his house was next door to the synagogue.
    8 Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with all his household; and many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 98:1-4
    1 O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
    2 The LORD has made known his victory, he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
    3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
    4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

  • Gospel

    John 16:16-20
    16 "A little while, and you will see me no more; again a little while, and you will see me."
    17 Some of his disciples said to one another, "What is this that he says to us, `A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me'; and, `because I go to the Father'?"
    18 They said, "What does he mean by `a little while'? We do not know what he means."
    19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him; so he said to them, "Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, `A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me'?
    20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 1:26-31
    26 For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth;
    27 but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,
    28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
    29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
    30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption;
    31 therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 34:2-7, 9-11
    1 I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
    2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and be glad.
    3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
    4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
    5 Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
    6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
    8 O taste and see that the LORD is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!
    9 O fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no want!
    10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 11:25-30
    25 At that time Jesus declared, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes;
    26 yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
    27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
    28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."


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