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Weekday Readings for Easter Week
APRIL 10 Mon Octave of Easter Acts 2:14, 22-33/Mt 28:8-15
11 Tue Octave of Easter Acts 2:36-41/Jn 20:11-18
12 Wed Octave of Easter Acts 3:1-10/Lk 24:13-35
13 Thu Octave of Easter Acts 3:11-26/Lk 24:35-48
14 Fri Octave of Easter Acts 4:1-12/Jn 21:1-14
15 Sat Octave of Easter Acts 4:13-21/Mk 16:9-15
16 2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER Acts 2:42-47/1 Pt 1:3-9/Jn 20:19-31
The gospel readings this week recall the Easter appearances of Jesus to his disciples, to , Mary Magdalene and the women at the tomb, to Peter and John, to the Emmaus disciples, to Thomas and the disciples from Galilee who came up with him to Jerusalem. We could call this week “a long day.” Every day this week is a solemnity, like Easter itself. We abbreviate feasts like Christmas and Easter. We need to savor them and let them speak to us.
The Acts of the Apostles, which continues St. Luke’s Gospel and is an important reading in the Easter season, describes how the first witnesses, guided by the Holy Spirit, gave testimony and were received. We see the beginnings of our church are offered an insight into our church today.
In our readings from Acts on Monday, the witnesses begin to speak. Peter is the first. Just as it was with Jesus, his words are accompanied by a sign from God. The crippled man, a temple regular whom everyone knows, is cured by Peter and John as they come to the temple to pray. He becomes one of those who follow Peter and listen to him. He will be a sign that’s contradicted. The temple leaders refuse to credit him as a sign. (Acts, Wednesday to Friday)
From its beginnings in Jerusalem the church gradually spreads into the Roman world, incorporating gentiles, non-Jews, and eventually reaching Rome itself. Believers in the Risen Christ who give their testimony and signs that accompany their witness cause its growth.
Morning and Evening Prayers here. Week I, Sunday readings all week.
Children’s Prayers here.