Easter: Tuesday of the Fifth Week

“But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.” (Acts of the Apostles 14:20)

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

“But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city.” Here the saying is fulfilled, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weak ness.” This is greater than the raising of the lame man! “He entered the city.” Do you see his zeal? Do you see how fervent he is, how set on fire? He entered the city itself again, to show that if he should ever withdraw, it is because he had sown the word and did not wish to inflame their anger. ” (Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles, 31)

O God, who restore us to eternal life
in the Resurrection of Christ,
grant your people constancy in faith and hope,
that we may never doubt the promises
of which we have learned from you.
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