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December 12, 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

Third Sunday of Easter

Reading I : Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

God raised Christ from the dead.

  • In the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter explains that Jesus is the fulfillment of the ancient messianic promises.
  • Jesus, the Messiah, who died and was raised to new life, brought a new life of peace and right relationship with God.
  • Through Jesus, God’s merciful love is available to all those who seek it.

Reading II : 1 John 2:1-5

Whoever keeps God's word has love made perfect.

  • The first part of the second reading reminds believers that sin still exists in the world.
  • Believers must walk in light because God is light.
  • Christ, who lives in a totally loving relationship with the Father, is also the Advocate who pleads our cause with the Father.

Gospel : Luke 24:35-48

He stood in their midst.

  • The author of today's Gospel attempts to tell us that Jesus' resurrection involves the whole person, body and spirit.
  • After his resurrection, when Jesus eats with the disciples, they recognize him in the breaking of bread.
  • Life in Christ is a life of forgiveness and peace.