Easter: Tuesday of the Second Week

“With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.” (Acts of the Apostles 4:33)

In commenting on this verse from today’s First Reading, Saint John Chrysostom writes:

“This is why the grace [was upon them all,] for that “there was none that lacked.” That is, from the exceeding ardor of the givers, none was in want. For they did not give in part and in part reserve: nor yet in giving all, give it as their own. And they lived moreover in great abundance: they removed all inequality from among them and made a goodly order. “For as many as were possessors,” etc. And with great respect they did this: for they did not presume to give into their hands, nor did they ostentatiously present, but they brought to the apostles’ feet. To them they left it to be the dispensers, made them the owners, that thenceforth all should be defrayed as from common, not from private, property. This was also a help to them against vainglory.” (Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles, 11)

Enable us, we pray, almighty God,
to proclaim the power of the risen Lord,
that we, who have received
the pledge of his gift,
may come to possess all he gives
when it is fully revealed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord is risen. Alleluia!
He is risen, indeed. Alleluia!

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen