Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

“From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.” (Acts 13:23.)

In commenting on these verses from today’s First Reading, Saint John Chrysostom writes:

“Notice how [Paul] weaves his discourse from things present and from the prophets. Thus he says, “from [this man’s] seed according to the promise,” and then adduces John again, saying, “By condemning they fulfilled all that was written.” Both the apostles as witnesses of the resurrection, and David bearing witness. For neither do the Old Testament proofs seem so cogent when taken by themselves, nor the later testimonies apart from the former. Therefore it is through both that he makes his discourse trustworthy.” (Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles, 29.)

O God, who restore human nature
to yet greater dignity than at its beginnings,
look upon the amazing mystery
of your loving kindness,
and in those you have chosen to make new
through the wonder of rebirth
may you preserve the gifts
of your enduring grace and blessing
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.

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