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August 19, 2018
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Easter

The sound of Alleluias fills the 50 days of Easter Sunday to Pentecost as we give thanks for the gift of our salvation. The Easter Triduum recalls the passion and resurrection of Christ in the sacred journey from Holy Thursday to Easter Vigil. "Dying he destroyed our death. Rising he restored our life."

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Reading I : Acts 4:8-12

Jesus has become our cornerstone!

  • The reading from the Acts of the Apostles follows the story of the arrest of Peter and John and includes Peter's speech to the authorities who are interrogating them.
  • Peter restates the basic truth of the resurrection: Death is conquered and life won through the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
  • The authorities release Peter and John, who immediately return to preaching the good news.

Reading II : 1 John 3:1-2

We shall be like him: light!

  • The reading from the First Letter of John is another description of the relationship between God and people.
  • God has made us children through and with Christ.
  • Because we are God's children, then, we must be like God.

Gospel : John 10:11-18

Jesus is our good shepherd.

  • In the gospel passage, Jesus describes three traits of an ideal shepherd.
  • These traits also characterize Jesus’ relationship to his followers.
  • Jesus calls his sheep by name, and they follow wherever he leads.