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June 24, 2019
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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

Easter Sunday

Reading I : Acts 10:34a, 37-43

They were witnesses to all that Jesus said and did.

  • Peter announces to the Gentile household of Cornelius, that all who believe are forgiven of their sins.
  • Today’s passage highlights the expansion of the Church.
  • The disciples spread the good news to the far ends of the earth.

Reading II : Colossians 3:1-4

Seek to be like Christ.

  • Paul calls for a new way of life in today's second reading.
  • In Baptism we have "passed over" from death to life.
  • Those who participate in Christ’s death and Resurrection through the sacrament of Baptism are on a journey of faith.

Gospel : John 20:1-9

Jesus is raised from the dead.

  • In John's Gospel, Mary Magdalene is first to arrive at the tomb early on the morning after Jesus rose.
  • The second and third visitors come to the tomb because of Mary's incredible story.
  • Before Jesus appeared to anyone, Mary visited his tomb and was the first to announce the events of the resurrection.