April 10

April 10

Wednesday in the 2nd Week of Easter

Mass Readings

First Reading – Acts 5:17-26

The high priest rose up and all his companions, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and, filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, “Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.” When they heard this, they went to the temple early in the morning and taught. When the high priest and his companions arrived, they convened the Sanhedrin, the full senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the jail to have them brought in. But the court officers who went did not find them in the prison, so they came back and reported, “We found the jail securely locked and the guards stationed outside the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” When the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard this report, they were at a loss about them, as to what this would come to. Then someone came in and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are in the temple area and are teaching the people.” Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them, but without force, because they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R. 7a)

R.The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R. Alleluia.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad. R.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol His name.
I sought the LORD, and He answered me
and delivered me from all my fears. R.

Look to Him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress He saved him. R.

The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear Him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in Him. R.

Gospel – Jn 3:16-21

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because He has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Featured Saints

St. Magdalene of Canossa, virgin (†1855). Daughter of the Marquis of Canossa, she abandoned the world for the love of Christ. Founded the Institute of the Sons and Daughters of Charity in Verona, Italy, to foster the Christian formation of youth.

St. Michael de Sanctis, priest (†1625). Spanish religious from the Trinitarian Order. He died at age 33 in Valladolid, after giving himself to works of charity and the preaching of the word of God.

St. Palladius, bishop (†658). Abbot of the Monastery of Saint Germain he was elected Bishop of Auxerre, France. He participated in various Councils and strove to restore ecclesiastical discipline.

St. Fulbert, bishop (+1029). As prelate of the diocese of Chartres, he promoted devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Queen of Mercy.

St. Bede the Younger, monk (†circa 883). After serving Emperor Charlemagne for 45 years, he lived out his days in a monastery in Venice, Italy.

Sts. Terence and companions, martyrs (†c. 250). During the persecution of Emperor Decius, they suffered cruelly and were beheaded for the practice of the Christian Faith.

Blessed Anthony Neyrot, priest and martyr (†1460). Dominican priest captured by pirates and taken to Tunis (Africa), where he renounced the Faith. Repentant, he took back his habit, publicly proclaimed his Faith and was stoned to death.

Blessed Mark Fantucci of Bologna, priest (†1479). He embraced evangelical poverty as a Franciscan, preached the Word of God in various regions of Italy and was thrice elected Vicar-General of the Cismontane Observance

Blessed Boniface Zlukowski, priest and martyr (†1942). Franciscan Lithuanian-born religious; died of pneumonia in Auschwitz concentration camp.

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