Scripture Readings for April 21, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)
Year C - EASTER SUNDAY

Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25  •  Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24  •  1
Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43  •  John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12

Acts 10:34-43
10:34 Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no
partiality,

10:35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to
him.

10:36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by
Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all.

10:37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John announced:

10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how
he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God
was with him.

10:39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put
him to death by hanging him on a tree;

10:40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear,

10:41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who
ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

10:42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one
ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.

10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives
forgiveness of sins through his name."

Isaiah 65:17-25
65:17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall
not be remembered or come to mind.

65:18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create
Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.

65:19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of
weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress.

65:20 No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person
who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be
considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.

65:21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their
fruit.

65:22 They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long
enjoy the work of their hands.

65:23 They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be
offspring blessed by the LORD-- and their descendants as well.

65:24 Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.

65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent--its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy
mountain, says the LORD.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
118:1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

118:2 Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever."

118:14 The LORD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.

118:15 There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: "The right hand
of the LORD does valiantly;

118:16 the right hand of the LORD is exalted; the right hand of the LORD does
valiantly."

118:17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.

118:18 The LORD has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death.

118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and
give thanks to the LORD.

118:20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.

118:21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

118:22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

118:23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

1 Corinthians 15:19-26
15:19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be
pitied.

15:20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who
have died.

15:21 For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has
also come through a human being;

15:22 for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.

15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who
belong to Christ.

15:24 Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after
he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power.

15:25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

15:26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Acts 10:34-43
10:34 Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no
partiality,

10:35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to
him.

10:36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by
Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all.

10:37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John announced:

10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how
he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God
was with him.

10:39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put
him to death by hanging him on a tree;

10:40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear,

10:41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who
ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

10:42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one
ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.

10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives
forgiveness of sins through his name."

John 20:1-18
20:1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came
to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.

20:2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus
loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not
know where they have laid him."

20:3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.

20:4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached
the tomb first.

20:5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not
go in.

20:6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen
wrappings lying there,

20:7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings
but rolled up in a place by itself.

20:8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and
believed;

20:9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the
dead.

20:10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

20:11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look
into the tomb;

20:12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying,
one at the head and the other at the feet.

20:13 They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have
taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him."

20:14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but
she did not know that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?"
Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away,
tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away."

20:16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!"
(which means Teacher).

20:17 Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to
the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and
your Father, to my God and your God.'"

20:18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord";
and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Luke 24:1-12
24:1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking
the spices that they had prepared.

24:2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,

24:3 but when they went in, they did not find the body.

24:4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes
stood beside them.

24:5 The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men
said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has
risen.

24:6 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,

24:7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on
the third day rise again."

24:8 Then they remembered his words,

24:9 and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.

24:10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other
women with them who told this to the apostles.

24:11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

24:12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen
cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.