Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Acts 5.17-26

The high priest rose up,
and all those who were with him
(that is the sect of the Sadducees),
and filled with jealousy,
they laid hands on the Apostles,
and put them in the public jail.
But an angel of the Lord
opened the prison doors by night,
and brought them out, and said,
“Go stand and speak in the temple
to the people all the words of this life.”

When they heard this,
they entered into the temple about daybreak
and taught.
When the high priest came,
and those who were with him,
and called the Sanhedrin together,
all the senate of the sons of Israel,
and sent to the prison to have them brought.
But the officers who came
did not find them in the prison.
They returned and reported,
“We found the prison shut and locked,
and the guards standing before the doors,
but when we opened them,
we found no one inside!”

Now when the high priest,
the captain of the temple,
and the chief priests heard these words,
they were very perplexed about them
and what might become of this.
Someone came and told them,
“Behold, the men
whom you put in prison
are in the temple,
standing and teaching the people.”
Then the captain went with the officers,
and brought them without violence,
for they were afraid
that the people might stone them.

Responsorial - Psalm 34.2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Resp. 7a

R. The Lord hears the poor who cry out. or R. Alleluia!

I will bless the Lord at all times.
His praise will always be in my mouth.
My soul shall boast in the Lord.
The humble shall hear of it, and be glad.

R. The Lord hears the poor who cry out. or R. Alleluia!

Oh magnify the Lord with me.
Let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.

R. The Lord hears the poor who cry out. or R. Alleluia!

They looked to him, and were radiant.
Their faces shall never be covered with shame.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.

R. The Lord hears the poor who cry out. or R. Alleluia!

The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good.
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

R. The Lord hears the poor who cry out. or R. Alleluia!

Gospel – John 3.16-21

For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only-begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him
should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world
to judge the world,
but that the world should be
saved through him.
Whoever believes in him is not judged.
Whoever does not believe has been judged already,
because they have not believed in the name
of the one and only Son of God.

This is the judgment,
that the light has come into the world,
and humans loved the darkness
rather than the light;
for their works were evil.
For everyone who does evil hates the light,
and does not come to the light,
lest their works would be exposed.
But they who do the truth come to the light,
that their works may be revealed,
that they have been done in God.

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