First Reading: Acts 6:1-7

Peter said to the people: ‘You are Israelites, and it is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus, the same Jesus you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate after Pilate had decided to release him. It was you who accused the Holy One, the Just One, you who demanded the reprieve of a murderer while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are the witnesses.

  ‘Now I know, brothers, that neither you nor your leaders had any idea what you were really doing; this was the way God carried out what he had foretold, when he said through all his prophets that his Christ would suffer. Now you must repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.’

The Word of The Lord

Responsorial Psalms

R. (7a) Lord, let your face shine on us.or:R. Alleluia.

When I call, answer me, O my just God,you who relieve me when I am in distress;have pity on me, and hear my prayer!

R. Lord, let your face shine on us.or:R. Alleluia.

Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one;the LORD will hear me when I call upon him.

R. Lord, let your face shine on us.or:R. Alleluia.

O LORD, let the light of your countenance shine upon us!You put gladness into my heart.

R. Lord, let your face shine on us.or:R. Alleluia.

As soon as I lie down, I fall peacefully asleep,for you alone, O LORD,bring security to my dwelling

.R. Lord, let your face shine on us.or:R. Alleluia.

Gospel Acclamation

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ is risen, who made all things;
he has shown mercy on all people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Second Reading:1 John 2:1-5

I am writing this, my children, to stop you sinning;

but if anyone should sin, we have our advocate with the Father,

Jesus Christ, who is just; he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away,

and not only ours, but the whole world’s. We can be sure that we know God

only by keeping his commandments. Anyone who says, ‘I know him’,

and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, refusing to admit the truth.

But when anyone does obey what he has said, God’s love comes to perfection in him.

Gospel: Luke 24:35-48

The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised Jesus at the breaking of bread.

  They were still talking about all this when Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they still could not believe it, and they stood there dumbfounded; so he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes.

  Then he told them, ‘This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms has to be fulfilled.’ He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.’

The Gospel of The Lord

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