April 25, 2016: 5th Monday of Pascha Readings

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Liberation of St. Peter by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Acts 12:12-17
John 8:42-51

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Acts 12:12-17

12 When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.

13 And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a maid named Rhoda came to answer.

14 Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and told that Peter was standing at the gate.

15 They said to her, “You are mad.” But she insisted that it was so. They said, “It is his angel!”

16 But Peter continued knocking; and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed.

17 But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Tell this to James and to the brethren.” Then he departed and went to another place.

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John 8:42-51

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God; I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.

43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.

44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

45 But, because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.

46 Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

47 He who is of God hears the words of God; the reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?”

49 Jesus answered, “I have not a demon; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.

50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it and he will be the judge.

51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.”

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