Parmigianino, St. Peter and St. John Healing the Cripple, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, c.1530
Readings for Mass
First Reading: Acts 4:13-21
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 118:1, 14-15, 16-18, 19-21
Gospel: Mark 16:9-15
“We cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard (NRSV, Acts 4:20).”
Let us pray.
The ministry of the bishop of Rome, successor of Peter, is especially a teaching ministry. That ministry, Father, is shared with all of the faithful. Every one of us is charged to join with Peter and John as they declared before the Sanhedrin: “We cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Father, you speak your one Word to all of us at every moment. No one is excluded from that revelation. But our rehearsing aloud of what we have experienced at the depth of our being enables us all to clarify our understanding and for many of us it prompts us to turn within and discover what we have perhaps hitherto ignored or even misunderstood.
Father, we give thanks for the ministry of St. Peter for awakening us to a fuller discussion of gospel truth and its meaning for all of our lives.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen