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2nd   Sunday of  Resurrection

First Reading:  Isaiah 55:4-13

4Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.  5Behold, you shall call a nation that you know not, and nations that knew not you shall run to you because of the LORD your God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he has glorified you.  6Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near:  7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD.  9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  12For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  13Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Second Reading:  Acts 4:32- 5: 11


32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.  33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was on them all.  34Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,  35And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made to every man according as he had need.  36And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,  37Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
 1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,  2And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.  3But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?  4Whiles it remained, was it not your own? and after it was sold, was it not in your own power? why have you conceived this thing in your heart? you have not lied to men, but to God.  5And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.  6And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.  7And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.  8And Peter answered to her, Tell me whether you sold the land for so much? And she said, Yes, for so much.  9Then Peter said to her, How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried your husband are at the door, and shall carry you out.  10Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.  11And great fear came on all the church, and on as many as heard these things.


Third Reading: Colossians 1:1-30


1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,  2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,  4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have to all the saints,  5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;  6 Which is come to you, as it is in all the world; and brings forth fruit, as it does also in you, since the day you heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:  7 As you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;  8 Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.  9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness;  12 Giving thanks to the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things to himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven

Fourth Reading: John 20:19-31


19Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the middle, and said to them, Peace be to you.  20And when he had so said, he showed to them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.  21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be to you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you.  22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, Receive you the Holy Ghost:  23Whose soever sins you remit, they are remitted to them; and whose soever sins you retain, they are retained.  24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  25The other disciples therefore said to him, We have seen the LORD. But he said to them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.  26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the middle, and said, Peace be to you.  27Then said he to Thomas, Reach here your finger, and behold my hands; and reach here your hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.  28And Thomas answered and said to him, My LORD and my God.  29Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.  30And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  31But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.

 

 

 

 

 
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