Resurrection of the Lord (Easter), April 21, 2018, Year C

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Based on the Readings as Set and Alternates

First Reading (Acts 10: 34-43)

Peter tells the Roman Cornelius that God accepts all who fear him, regardless of nationality, and then informs him about Jesus. His death and resurrection reveal him as the universal Lord and judge of all. and everyone who believes in him receives salvation.

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Alternate First Reading (Isaiah 65:17-25)

Through Isaiah the Lord proclaims that he is going to create a new heaven and a new earth with Jerusalem at its centre. He will delight in his people who will weep no more. They will be free of the frustrations and tragedies of life and nature will be at peace.

Psalm (118:1-2, 14-24)

The Psalmist has experienced the Lord’s punishment and then, in answer to prayer, a last-minute rescue from death. The gates of righteousness are now thrown open and the rejected stone has now become the cornerstone. It is the day of the Lord’s salvation.

Second Reading (1 Corinthians 15:19-26)

Paul sets the entire weight of our salvation upon the reality of the bodily resurrection of Jesus. For those who belong to him it is the overcoming of death introduced through Adam. They will rise in turn when he comes to consummate the victory of his kingdom.

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Alternate Second Reading (Acts 10:34-43)

Peter tells the Roman Cornelius that God accepts all who fear him, regardless of nationality, and then informs him about Jesus. His death and resurrection reveal him as the universal Lord and judge of all. and everyone who believes in him receives salvation.

Gospel (John 20:1-18)

Mary Magdalene discovers the empty tomb and runs to tell Peter and the other disciple who run to see for themselves. Mary encounters the risen Lord and recognizes him when he calls her name. Told to tell the others that he will soon ascend, she does so.

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Alternate Gospel (Luke 24:1-12)

Mary Magdalene and other women take burial spices to anoint Jesus but find his tomb unexpectedly open. Inside, they are alarmed by two men in dazzling clothes who assure them that Jesus is risen as he said. Only Peter acted on their report and saw for himself.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

  • The resurrection of Jesus has implications for all humanity as Lord of all
  • The resurrection of Jesus is a turning point in history itself
  • The resurrection of Jesus turns everything upside down.
  • The resurrection of Jesus opens the gate of life to all who would believe
  • The resurrection of Jesus and it’s reality is the foundation of Christian faith
  • The resurrection of Jesus is the beginning of the new creation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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