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September 20, 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

Third Sunday of Easter

Reading I : Acts 2:14, 22-33

My heart has been glad.

  • In the first reading from Acts, Peter tells the story of Jesus.
  • For the Israelites, the Resurrection is a sign that Jesus is the “anointed one”.
  • Today’s passage reveals that Jesus is both Lord of heaven and the Messiah sent to save Israel.

Reading II : 1 Peter 1:17-21

It is through him that you are believers.

  • Today’s letter from 1 Peter aims to encourage Christians to remain faithful in the face of hardship.
  • The Israelites’ journey through the desert is compared to the journey of the Christian life.
  • For Christians, salvation is ours when we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, sufferings included.

Gospel : Luke 24:13-35

Were not our hearts burning within us as he spoke?

  • In today’s Gospel, a stranger joins the disciples as they journey to Emmaus.
  • It was not unusual for a person living in the region at the time to invite a stranger to be their guest and share a meal.
  • The stranger/guest in today’s Gospel suddenly becomes the host, and the disciples receive from him the Bread of Life.