Saturday April 18, 2020. Reading and Reflection


Entrance Antiphon Ps 105:43
The Lord brought out his people with joy, his chosen ones with shouts of rejoicing, alleluia.

O God, who by the abundance of your grace give increase to the peoples who believe in you, look with favour on those you have chosen and clothe with blessed immortality those reborn through the Sacrament of Baptism. Through our Lord…

“We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 4:13-21)

In those days: When the rulers and elders and scribes saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they wondered; and they recognised that they had been with Jesus. But seeing the man that had been healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred with one another, saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is manifest to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to any one in this name.” So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people; for all men praised God for what had happened.
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 118:1 and 14- I5ab.15c-18.19-21 (R. 21a)
R/. I will thank you, Lord, for you have answered me.

Give praise to the Lord, for he is good;
his mercy endures forever.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he was my saviour.
There are shouts of joy and salvation
in the tents of the just. R/.

“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty deeds;
his right hand is exalted.
The Lord’s right hand has done mighty deeds.”
I shall not die, I shall live
and recount the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord punished me, punished me severely,
but did not hand me over to death. R.

Open to me the gates of justice:
I will enter and thank the Lord.
This is the Lord’s own gate,
where the just enter.
I will thank you, for you have answered,
and you are my saviour. R

ALLELUIA Psalm 118:24
Alleluia. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Alleluia.

“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (Mark 16:9- 15)

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Afterwards he appeared to the Eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.”
The Gospel of the Lord.

Today’s Reflection
The Risen Lord first appeared to Mary Magdalene, then he appeared to two disciples, but their testimony was not believed. He now appears to the college of Apostles and reproves them for their disbelief and hardness of heart. This is evidence enough that the Resurrection is not a product of the imagination. The first attitude of the missionary-of each one of us-is the awareness of his or her inadequacy in bringing to others the Good News of salvation, because none of us is free from hardness of heart and smallness of faith. But our participation in the Easter mystery makes it possible for us to proclaim the Gospel.


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