April 20

April 20

Saturday in the 3rd Week of Easter

Mass Readings

First Reading – Acts 9:31-42

The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace. She was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord, and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit she grew in numbers. As Peter was passing through every region, he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed.” He got up at once. And all the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated is Dorcas). She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving. Now during those days she fell sick and died, so after washing her, they laid her out in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs where all the widows came to him weeping and showing him the tunics and cloaks that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to her body and said, “Tabitha, rise up.” She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. He gave her his hand and raised her up, and when he had called the holy ones and the widows, he presented her alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many came to believe in the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 (R.12)

R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me?
R. Alleluia.
How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good He has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD R.

My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones. R.

O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
To You will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD. R.

Gospel – Jn 6:60-69

Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this,
He said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray Him. And He said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted him by my Father.” As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with Him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

Featured Saints

St. Agnes of Montepulciano, virgin (†1317). At only nine years of age, she took the veil of the consecrated virgins. She founded a Dominican Monastery in Montepulciano, Italy. Her life was replete with marvelous episodes, miracles, and mystical graces. She died at age 48.

St. Anicetus, Pope (†circa 166). He received St. Polycarp of Smyrna as a guest to discuss the date of Easter with him.

St. Marcellinus of Embrun, bishop (†c. 374). A native of North Africa, he evangelized the region of the Maritime Alps and was ordained bishop by St. Eusebius of Vercelli.

St. Anastasius of Antioch, bishop and martyr (†609). Patriarch of Antioch (presentday Turkey), cruelly killed by hired assassins in the time of Byzantine Emperor Phocas.

Blessed Dominic Vernagalli, priest (†1218). Priest of the Camaldulense Order. Founded an orphanage, in Pisa, Italy, for abandoned children.

Blessed Simon Rinalducci, priest (†1322). Religious from the Order of Augustinian Hermits; carried out a fruitful apostolate in Bologna among young students.

Blesseds Richard Sergeant and William Thomson, priests and martyrs (†1584). Ordained priests in France, they returned to England to carry out their ministry. For this reason, they were hanged at the gallows at Tyburn.

Blessed Maurice Mackenraghty, priest and martyr (†1585). Irish priest who was beheaded after two years of imprisonment, for maintaining his fidelity to the Pope and refusing to recognize the spiritual authority of Queen Elizabeth I.

Blessed Anastasius Pankiewicz, priest and martyr (†1942). Franciscan Polish priest, killed while being taken from Dachau to Hartheim, Austria. He gave witness to his faith until death.

Blessed Claire Bosatta, virgin (†1887). With the help of St. Louis Guanella, she founded the Little House of Divine Providence. She died in Pianello, Italy.

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