Vol: 44, No.28 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER ( A) April 30 2017  
Preserve me, Lord, I take refuge in you. I say to the Lord: “You are my God. O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup; it is you yourself who are my prize.” R/
I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel, who even at night directs my heart. I keep the Lord ever in my sight: since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm. R/
And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad; even my body shall rest in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead, nor let your beloved know decay. R/
You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence, at your right hand happiness forever. R/
(The call to walk in holiness of life is the central theme of this passage).
A reading from the First Letter of St Peter (1:17-21)
If you invoke as Father him who judges each one impartially according to his deeds conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was destined before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of the times for your sake. Through him you have confidence in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
The Word of the Lord
Alleluia, alleluia! Lord Jesus, open to us the scriptures. Make our hearts burn within us while you talk to us. Alleluia! (Lk 24:32)
(Employing his storytelling skill to the best use, Luke presents the story of the appearance of Jesus to the disciples going to Emmaus).
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St John (20:19-31)
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God.” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the
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