First Reading: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Peter said to the people, “It is the God of Sarah and Abraham, Rebecca and Isaac, and Leah and Rachel and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified Jesus; the same Jesus you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate, after Pilate had decided to release him.  You disowned the Holy and Just One, and asked for the release of a murderer instead.  You put to death the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead – a fact to which we are witnesses.

“Yet I know, my sisters and brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did.  God has brought to fulfillment by this means what was announced long ago by the prophets: that the Messiah would suffer.  Therefore, reform your lives!  Turn to God, that your sins may be wiped away, and so that God may send a season of refreshment.  Then Our God will send you Jesus, the preordained Messiah, whom Heaven must keep until the restoration of all things comes, which God-promised, through the holy prophets in ancient times.  Moses, for example, said, ‘Our God will raise up a prophet like myself for you, from among your own kinfolk.  You must listen to everything this prophet tells you.  Anyone who does not listen is to be cut off ruthlessly from the people.’  In fact, all the prophets who have ever spoken, from Samuel onward, have predicted
these days.

“You are the heirs of the prophets, the heirs of the Covenant the Most High made with our ancestors when God told Sarah and Abraham, ‘In your offspring all the families of the earth will be blessed.’  It was for you that God raised up and sent this prophet to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”

The Word of God recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.


Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 4

R:  Look on us with kindness, O God.

Answer me when I call,

O God, my defender!

When I was in trouble,

You came to my help.

Be kind to me now,

hear my prayer!

R:  Look on us with kindness, O God.

Remember that Our God

has chosen me

And hears me

when I call.

R:  Look on us with kindness, O God.

Look on us with kindness, O God!

The joy that You give me is much greater

Than the joy of those

who have an abundance of grain and wine.

R: Look on us with kindness, O God.

As soon as I lie down,

I peacefully go to sleep.

You alone, my Strength,

keep me perfectly safe.

R: Look on us with kindness, O God.

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