Thursday of the Second Week of Easter
St. Damien de Veuster, priest (†1889). Religious of the Congregation of Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He dedicated himself to serving the lepers on the island of Molokai, Hawaii, and died as a victim of the disease. Commemorated on May 10 in the US.
St. Paternus, bishop (†c. 565). Monk from Gaul; he dedicated himself to the evangelization of pagans, founded many monas teries and was elected Bishop of Avranches, France, when he was in his 70s.
St. Ortaire, abbot (†sixth century). He led a life of austerity and prayer in the monastery of Landelles, France, and generously aided to the poor and sick.
Saint Crescens of Myra, martyr of the fourth century in Myra (Turkey).
Blessed César de Bus, priest (†1607). After leaving the world, he founded the Congregation of the Fathers of Christian Doctrine in Avignon, France, with the goal of instructing children, the poor and rural people in Catholic doctrine, under attack by the Protestant Reformation.
First Reading – Acts 5:27-33
When the court officers had brought the Apostles in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, “We gave you strict orders did we not, to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the Apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had Him killed by hanging Him on a tree. God exalted Him at his right hand as leader and Savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” When they heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20 (R.7a)
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in Him. R.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress He rescues them. R.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit He saves.
Many are the troubles of the just man,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him. R.
Gospel – Jn 3:31-36
The one who comes from above is above all.
The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
but no one accepts his testimony.
Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to Him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God remains upon him.