Second Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2020

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Based on the Readings as Set

First Reading (Acts 2:14a, 22-32)

Peter reminds those gathered in Jerusalem that they knew of the attesting miracles that Jesus had performed but handed him over to death anyway. However, God raised him, freeing him from death itself just as David had foreseen. Jesus’ disciples are all witnesses to this fact.

Psalm (16)

In today’s Psalm, David affirms his total commitment to the Lord and rejoices in the benefits of having done so. These even extend to victory over the power of the grave.

Second Reading (1 Peter 1:3-9)

Peter exults in how the resurrection of Jesus absolutely has secured the believers’ inheritance beyond this life. Even though we cannot see him, this fact is a source of deep joy, even in times of trial that severely test our faith.

Gospel (John 20:19-31)

On Easter evening Jesus appears to his disciples and breathes the Holy Spirit on them, sending them into the world to continue his mission. A week later, he convinces a doubting Thomas and blesses those who believe without actually seeing for themselves.



  • The bodily resurrection of Jesus is well attested by the personal witness of those who encountered him in risen form
  • The mission of the Church arises out of the bodily resurrection of Jesus and the salvation he has accomplished
  • The resurrection of Jesus is proof that God provides victory over death itself
  • The resurrection of Jesus makes all the difference to our faith


Have you believed, Thomas, because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe. John 20.29


Almighty and eternal God,
the strength of those who believe
and the hope of those who doubt,
may we, who have not seen, have faith
and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN