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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Acts 5:27-32)
After the church is established in Jerusalem the apostles are causing such a stir about Jesus that the Jewish council demands their silence. They refuse, saying they are witnesses to God’s raising and exalting of Jesus to his side and must answer to him, not those who killed Jesus.
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. Let us celebrate!
The Psalmist encourages exuberant praise to the Lord for his presence, creation and mighty deeds of salvation. Such praise is to be accompanied by every form of musical instrument, including the voices of everything that breathes.
Second Reading (Revelation 1:4-8)
John writes to the churches in Asia about a revelation from the Lord himself, resurrected and exalted over all powers. He loves us and has saved us from our sins, making us into a kingdom of priests. He, the beginning and the end, is coming openly from heaven to judge all humanity.
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 attested by the personal witness of those who encountered him in risen form
- The resurrection of Jesus brings new and abundant life
- The resurrection and ascension of Jesus establish his credentials as Lord of all
- The mission of the Church arises out of the bodily resurrection of Jesus and the salvation he has accomplished
- The resurrection of Jesus is an act of God to be celebrated without parallel