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Gospel Readings

1 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (5:1-12)
Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:
‘How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle: they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers: they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’
‘Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.’
1.1 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (5:1-12)
Jesus went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying
"Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecuted you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.”
1.2

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (5:1-12)
Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill.
There he sat down and was joined by his disciples.
Then he began to speak.  This is what he taught them:

“How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle, they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn, they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right, they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful, they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart, they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers, they shall be called the children of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you,
and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account.
Rejoice and be glad for your reward will be great in heaven.

1a

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 6:1-6,16-18) (For Ash Wednesday)
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be careful not to parade your good deeds before men to attract their notice; by doing this you will lose all reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win men’s admiration. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be a secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.
‘And when you pray, so not imitate the hypocrites: they love to say their prayers standing up in the synagogues and at the street corners for people to see them; I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you pray, go to your private room and, when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.
‘When you fast do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do: they pull long faces to let men know they are fasting. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.'

2 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (11:25-30)
At that time Jesus exclaimed, `I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do.
Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. `Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.`
2.1 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (11:25-30)
At that time Jesus answered: "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by the Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."
"Come to me, all you labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourself. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
2.2 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (11:25-30)
On one occasion Jesus spoke thus:
"I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him. "Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
2.3 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (11:25-30)
On one occasion Jesus spoke thus: "Father, Lord of heaven and earth, to you I offer praise; for what you have hidden from the learned and the clever you have revealed to the merest children. Father, it is true. You have graciously willed it so. Everything has been given over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son but teh Father, and no one knows the Father but the Son - and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.
Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light."
3 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (25:1-13)
Then the kingdom of Heaven will be like this: Ten wedding attendants took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were sensible:
the foolish ones, though they took their lamps, took no oil with them,
whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps.
The bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep.
But at midnight there was a cry, “Look! The bridegroom! Go out and meet him.”
Then all those wedding attendants woke up and trimmed their lamps,
and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, “Give us some of your oil: our lamps are going out.”
But they replied, “There may not be enough for us and for you; you had better go to those who sell it and buy some for yourselves.”
They had gone off to buy it when the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding hall and the door was closed.
The other attendants arrived later. “Lord, Lord,” they said, “open the door for us.”
But he replied, “In truth I tell you, I do not know you.”
So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.
4 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (25:31-40)
When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All nations will be assembled before him and he will separate people one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.
Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome,
lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.”
Then the upright will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you? When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you?”
And the King will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”
5 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (25:31-46)
When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory.
All nations will be assembled before him and he will separate people one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats.
He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.
Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.”
Then the upright will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you?
When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you?”
And the King will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”
Then he will say to those on his left hand, “Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you never gave me food, I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink,
I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, lacking clothes and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me.”
Then it will be their turn to ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or lacking clothes, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?”
Then he will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.”
And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the upright to eternal life.'
6   A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark (10:13-16)
People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples scolded them,
but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, 'Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.
In truth I tell you, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.'
Then he embraced them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.
7 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark (13:33-37)
`Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come. It is like a man travelling abroad: he has gone from his home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own work to do; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake. So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow or dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. And what I am saying to you I say to all: Stay awake!`
8 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark (15:33-39;16:1-6)
When the sixth hour came there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?' which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'
When some of those who stood by heard this, they said, 'Listen, he is calling on Elijah.'
Someone ran and soaked a sponge in vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink saying, 'Wait! And see if Elijah will come to take him down.'
But Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
And the veil of the Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.
The centurion, who was standing in front of him, had seen how he had died, and he said, 'In truth this man was Son of God.'
When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices with which to go and anoint him.
And very early in the morning on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen.
They had been saying to one another, 'Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?'
But when they looked they saw that the stone -- which was very big -- had already been rolled back.
On entering the tomb they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right-hand side, and they were struck with amazement.
But he said to them, 'There is no need to be so amazed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he has risen, he is not here. See, here is the place where they laid him.
9 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (7:11-17)
It happened that soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people.
Now when he was near the gate of the town there was a dead man being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the townspeople was with her.
When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her and said to her, 'Don't cry.'
Then he went up and touched the bier and the bearers stood still, and he said, 'Young man, I tell you: get up.'
And the dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Everyone was filled with awe and glorified God saying, 'A great prophet has risen up among us; God has visited his people.'
And this view of him spread throughout Judaea and all over the countryside.
9a

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (12:22-31)
Jesus said to his disciples: 'therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
Consider the ravens: they neither sow for reap, they have neither store house nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his life span? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass which is alive in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will ne clothe you, O men of little faith!
And so not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be of anxious mind. For all the nations of the world seek these things; and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things shall be yours as well.'           

10 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (12:35-40)
`See that you have your belts done up and your lamps lit. Be like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. In truth I tell you, he will do up his belt, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch that he comes, or in the third, but blessed are those servants if he finds them ready. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.`
10a A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (12:35-40)
Jesus said to his disciples: “See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
11 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (23:33,39-43)
When they reached the place called The Skull, there they crucified him and the two criminals, one on his right, the other on his left.
One of the criminals hanging there abused him: 'Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us as well.'
But the other spoke up and rebuked him. 'Have you no fear of God at all?' he said. 'You got the same sentence as he did,
but in our case we deserved it: we are paying for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong.'
Then he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.'
He answered him, 'In truth I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.'
12 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (23:44-46,50,52-53;24:1-6)
It was now about the sixth hour and the sun's light failed, so that darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.
The veil of the Sanctuary was torn right down the middle.
Jesus cried out in a loud voice saying, 'Father, into your hands I commit my
And now a member of the Council arrived, a good and upright man named Joseph.
He had not consented to what the others had planned and carried out. He came from Arimathaea, a Jewish town, and he lived in the hope of seeing the kingdom of God.
This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
He then took it down, wrapped it in a shroud and put it in a tomb which was hewn in stone and which had never held a body.
On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, they went to the tomb with the spices they had prepared.
They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb,
but on entering they could not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
As they stood there puzzled about this, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side.
Terrified, the women bowed their heads to the ground. But the two said to them, 'Why look among the dead for someone who is alive?
He is not here; he has risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee:
12.1

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (23:44-46,50,52-53;24:1-6)
It was now about the sixth hour and, with the sun eclipsed, a darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.
The veil of the Temple was torn right down the middle; and when Jesus had cried out in a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”. With these words he breathed his last.
Then a member of the council arrived, an upright and virtuous man names Joseph. This man went to Pilat and asked for the body of Jesus. He then took it down, wrapped it in a shroud and put him in a tomb which was hewn in stone in which no one had yet been laid.
On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, the women went to the tomb with the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but on entering discovered that the body of the Lord Jesus was not there. As they stood there not knowing what to think, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side. Terrified, the women lowered their eyes. But the two men said to them, “Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? He is not here, he has risen.”

13 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (24:13-35)
Now that very same day, two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened.
And it happened that as they were talking together and discussing it, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but their eyes were prevented from recognising him.
He said to them, 'What are all these things that you are discussing as you walk along?' They stopped, their faces downcast.
Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, 'You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.'
He asked, 'What things?' They answered, 'All about Jesus of Nazareth, who showed himself a prophet powerful in action and speech before God and the whole people;
and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified.
Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole days have now gone by since it all happened;
and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning,
and when they could not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive.
Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.'
Then he said to them, 'You foolish men! So slow to believe all that the prophets have said!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer before entering into his glory?'
Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.
When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on;
but they pressed him to stay with them saying, 'It is nearly evening, and the day is almost over.' So he went in to stay with them.
Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them.
And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other, 'Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?'
They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, 'The Lord has indeed risen and has appeared to Simon.'
Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.
13.1 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (24:13-16,28-35)
Now that very same day, two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. And it happened that as they were talking together and discussing it, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but their eyes were prevented from recognising him.
When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them saying, ‘It is nearly evening, and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them.
Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them.
And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’
They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, ‘The Lord has indeed risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.
14 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (5:24-29)
In all truth I tell you, whoever listens to my words, and believes in the one who sent me, has eternal life; without being brought to judgement such a person has passed from death to life.
In all truth I tell you, the hour is coming -- indeed it is already here -- when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and all who hear it will live.
For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself;
and, because he is the Son of man, has granted him power to give judgement.
Do not be surprised at this, for the hour is coming when the dead will leave their graves at the sound of his voice:
those who did good will come forth to life; and those who did evil will come forth to judgement.
14a A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (6: 37-40)
Jesus said to the crowd:
‘All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn him away; because I have come from heaven, not to do my will, but to do the will of the one who sent me.
Now the will of him who sent me is that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, and that I should raise it up on the last day.
Yes, it is my Father’s will that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and that I shall raise him up on the last day.’
14b A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (6: 37)
Jesus said to the crowd:
‘All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn him away; Yes, it is my Father's will that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and that I shall raise him up on the last day.”
15 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (6:51-58)
I am the living bread, which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.'
Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?'
Jesus replied to them: In all truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person.
As the living Father sent me and I draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will also draw life from me.
This is the bread which has come down from heaven; it is not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.
16 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (6:46-54)
Not that anybody has seen the Father, except him who has his being from God: he has seen the Father. In all truth I tell you, everyone who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate manna in the desert and they are dead; but this is the bread which comes down from heaven, so that a person may eat it and not die. I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.` Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, `How can this man give us his flesh to eat?` Jesus replied to them: In all truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day.
17 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (11:17-27)
On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already. Bethany is only about two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house. Martha said to Jesus, 'Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died, but even now I know that God will grant whatever you ask of him.' Jesus said to her, 'Your brother will rise again.' Martha said, 'I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.' Jesus said: I am the resurrection. Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? 'Yes, Lord,' she said, 'I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.'
17.1 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (11:17-27)
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you,” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I knew he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”
17.2 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (11:17-21)
On arriving at Bethany, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already. Bethany is only about two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to sympathise with them over their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus had come she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house.
Martha said to Jesus, ‘If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but I know that, even now, whatever you ask of God, he will grant you’. ‘Your brother,’ said Jesus to her, ‘will rise again.’ Martha said, ‘I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day’.
Jesus said: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’
‘Yes, Lord,’ she said, ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.’

17.3

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (11:21-27)
Martha said to Jesus, ‘If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but I know that, even now, whatever you ask of God, he will grant you.’ ‘Your brother’, said Jesus to her ‘will rise again.’ Martha said, ‘I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said:
‘I am the resurrection and the life. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’
‘Yes, Lord,’ she said ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.’
18 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (11:32-45)
Mary, the sister of Lazarus, went to Jesus and as soon as she saw him she threw herself at his feet, saying: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died”. At the sight of her tears, and those of the Jews who followed her, Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart: “Where have you put him?” They said: “Lord, come and see”. Jesus wept; and the Jews said: “See how much he loved him!”
But there were others who remarked: “He opened the eyes of the blind man; could he not have prevented this man’s death?”
Still sighing, Jesus reached the tomb: it was a cave with a stone to close the opening. Jesus said: “Take the stone away!” Martha said to him: “Lord, by now he will smell; this is the fourth day”. Jesus replied: “Have I not told you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone.
Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and said: “Father, I thank you for hearing my prayer. I knew, indeed, that you always hear me, so that they may believe it was you who sent me”. When he had said this, he cried in a loud voice: “Lazarus, here! Come out!”
The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with bands of stuff and a cloth round his face. Jesus said to them: “Unbind him, let him go free”.
Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him.
19 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (12:23-28)
Jesus replied to them: Now the hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.
In all truth I tell you, unless a wheat grain falls into the earth and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies it yields a rich harvest.
Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me, must follow me, and my servant will be with me wherever I am. If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him.
Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say: Father, save me from this hour? But it is for this very reason that I have come to this hour.
Father, glorify your name! A voice came from heaven, 'I have glorified it, and I will again glorify it.'
20 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (14:1-6)
Jesus said to his disciples:
`Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father`s house; If there were not, I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me; So that where I am You may be too. You know the way to the place where I am going.`
Thomas said, `Lord, we do not know where you are going, So how can we know the way?`
Jesus said: `I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.`
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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (16:16-20)
In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again. Then some of his disciples said to one another, 'What does he mean, "In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again," and, "I am going to the Father"? What is this "short time"? We don't know what he means.' Jesus knew that they wanted to question him, so he said, 'You are asking one another what I meant by saying, "In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again." 'In all truth I tell you, you will be weeping and wailing while the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.

21 A reading from the holy gospel according to John (17: 24-26)
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:
'Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may always see the glory you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Father, Righteous One, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. I have made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and so that I nay be in them.
22 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (19:17-18,25-39)
Carrying his own cross he went out to the Place of the Skull or, as it is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,
where they crucified him with two others, one on either side, Jesus being in the middle.
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.
Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, 'Woman, this is your son.'
Then to the disciple he said, 'This is your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, Jesus knew that everything had now been completed and, so that the scripture should be completely fulfilled, he said: I am thirsty.
A jar full of sour wine stood there; so, putting a sponge soaked in the wine on a hyssop stick, they held it up to his mouth.
After Jesus had taken the wine he said, 'It is fulfilled'; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit.
It was the Day of Preparation, and to avoid the bodies' remaining on the cross during the Sabbath -- since that Sabbath was a day of special solemnity -- the Jews asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken away.
Consequently the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with him and then of the other.
When they came to Jesus, they saw he was already dead, and so instead of breaking his legs
 one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance; and immediately there came out blood and water.
This is the evidence of one who saw it -- true evidence, and he knows that what he says is true -- and he gives it so that you may believe as well.
Because all this happened to fulfil the words of scripture: Not one bone of his will be broken;
and again, in another place scripture says: They will look to the one whom they have pierced.
After this, Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus -- though a secret one because he was afraid of the Jews -- asked Pilate to let him remove the body of Jesus. Pilate gave permission, so they came and took it away.
Nicodemus came as well -- the same one who had first come to Jesus at night-time - and he brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds.
23 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (19: 25-30)
Standing close to Jesus' cross were his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, "He is your son."  Then he said to the disciple, "She is your mother.” From that time the disciple took her to live in his home.  Jesus knew that by now everything had been completed; and in order to make the scripture come true, he said, “I am thirsty.”  A bowl was there, full of cheap wine; so a sponge was soaked in the wine, put on a stalk of hyssop, and lifted up to his lips. Jesus drank the wine and said, “It is finished!" Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
26 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (20:2-8)
So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. 'They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,' she said, 'and we don't know where they have put him.'
So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb.
They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in.
Simon Peter, following him, also came up, went into the tomb, saw the linen cloths lying on the ground and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself.
Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed.
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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (21:4-14)
Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.”
He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.
That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea.
But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.
So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord.
Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.