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Note on Today’s Readings

First Reading:  Acts 10:34-43

Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4

Holy Gospel:  Matthew 28:1-10

The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day – Year A

Welcome to our parish on the Feast of the Lord’s Resurrection. Today the Church completes its three days of celebrating redemption. Since Maundy Thursday, we have been involved in an extended liturgy that will be brought to its conclusion today.

 

This is the celebration of the Passover of Christ from death to life.  It is also the celebration of our own Passover in Holy Baptism in which “we were buried with Christ in his death and raised with him.”

 

Throughout the fifty days of Easter, a reading from the Acts of the Apostles is always used.  These weekly readings from Acts describe the life of the first Christmas and their proclamation of Christ’s resurrection.  So, today we hear a portion of the sermon Peter preached to Cornelius, the first Gentile Christian.

 

The second reading reflects our share in the resurrection given us in baptism.  The Gospel reading is the account of the women at the tomb and the angelic proclamation of the resurrection.

 

As we rejoice in our new life in the risen Christ on this day, he comes among us and is known to us in the Breaking of the Bread. We are set forth to tell others of this resurrection.

 

From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Season of the Church Year. Copyright 2007 by Michael We. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.