FIRST READING: Micah 7: 14 - 15, 18 - 20
14 Shepherd your people with your staff, shepherd the flock of your inheritance that dwells alone in the scrub, in the midst of a fertile land. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead
15 as in the days of old, in the days when you went out of Egypt.
Show us your wonders.
18 Who is a god like you, who takes away guilt and pardons crime for the remnant of his inheritance?
Who is like you whose anger does not last? For you delight in merciful forgiveness.
19 Once again you will show us your loving kindness and trample on our wrongs, casting all our sins into the depths of the sea.
20 Show faithfulness to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, as you have sworn to our ancestors from the days of old.
PSALM: Psalms 85: 2 - 8
2 You have favored your land, O Lord; you have brought back the exiles of Jacob.
3 You have forgiven the sin of your people; you have pardoned their offenses.
4 You have withdrawn your wrath and turned from your burning rage.
5 But restore us, God our savior; put away altogether your indignation.
6 Will your anger be ever with us, carried over to all generations?
7 Will you not give us life anew, that your people may rejoice in you?
8 Show us, O Lord, your unfailing love and grant us your saving help.
GOSPEL: John 20: 1 - 2, 11 - 18
1 Now, on the first day after the sabbath, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark and she saw that the stone blocking the tomb had been moved away.
2 She ran to Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved. And she said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don't know where they have laid him."
11 Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she bent down to look inside;
12 she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, and the other at the feet.
13 They said, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She answered, "Because they have taken my Lord and I don't know where they have put him."
14 As she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not recognize him.
15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?" She thought it was the gardener and answered him, "Lord, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him."
16 Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him, "Rabboni" - which means, Master.
17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to me; you see I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them: I am ascending to my Father, who is your Father, to my God, who is your God."
18 So Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord, and this is what he said to me."