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Second Sunday of Easter
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Sunday, April 11, 2021
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John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the
doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the
Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After
he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples
rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with
you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he
breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive
the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with
them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the
Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands,
and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was
with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among
them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger
here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not
doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said
to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those
who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which
are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing
you may have life in his name.

Word of God. Word of Life. Thanks be to God.

Acts 4:32-37

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and
soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but
everything they owned was held in common. With great power the
apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and
great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among
them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the
proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was
distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of
Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which
means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him,
then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Word of God, for the people of God. Thanks be to God.