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November 13, 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 10:34, 37-43

After Jesus was raised from the dead, we ate and drank with Him.

  • In the first reading, Peter's speech is a typical recital of the essential preaching about Christ.
  • Peter and all the disciples are commissioned to bear witness to the good news.
  • Those who received their commission from the Risen Lord were eyewitnesses of his glory.

Reading II : Colossians 3:1-4

You have died!

  • Paul uses the image of yeast to remind the Corinthian community that one person's evil influence can harm the whole community.
  • The image of unleavened bread is used to expose our need to purify ourselves.
  • In the context of the Easter celebration, we are reminded to renew our Baptism.

Gospel : John 20:1-9

Mary Magdalene came to the tomb.

  • In the Gospel of John, Mary runs to tell Peter and John about the empty tomb.
  • John is the first to arrive at the tomb which shows his special position as the beloved disciple.
  • Upon entering the empty tomb, John makes his profession of faith, "he saw and believed."