APRIL 4, 2021
RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD: EASTER DAY
ACTS 10:10-34-43; PSALM 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-11; MARK 16:1-8
Christ is risen! Jesus is alive, and God has swallowed up death forever. With Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, we may feel astonished and confused, unsure of what to make of the empty tomb. But this is why we gather: to proclaim, witness, praise, and affirm the liberating reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. In word and feast, we celebrate God’s unending love, and depart to share this good news with all the world. Alleluia!
APRIL 11, 2021
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
ACTS 4:32-35; PSALM 133; 1 JOHN 1-22; JOHN 20:19-31
The Easter season is a week of weeks, seven Sundays when we play in the mystery of Christ’s presence, mostly through the glorious Gospel of John. Today we gather with the disciples on the first Easter, and Jesus breathes the Spirit on us. With Thomas we ask for a sign, and Jesus offers us his wounded self in the broken bread. From frightened individuals we are transformed into a community of open doors, peace, forgiveness, and material sharing such that no one among us is in need.
APRIL 18, 2021
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
ACTS 3:12-19; PSALM 4; 1 JOHN 3:1-7; LUKE 24:36B-48
The gospel for the third Sunday of Easter is always one in which the risen Christ shares food with the disciples, meals that are the Easter template for the meal we share each Sunday. In today’s gospel, Jesus both shares the disciples’ food and shows them the meaning of his suffering, death, and resurrection through the scriptures, the two main elements of our Sunday worship.
APRIL 25, 2021
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
ACTS 4:5-12; PSALM 23; 1 JOHN 3:16-24; JOHN 10:11-18
The image of the good shepherd shows us how the risen Christ brings us to life. It is the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep, one of mutual knowledge and love, that gives the shepherd authority. The shepherd’s willingness to lay down his life for the sheep shows his love. First John illustrates what it means to lay down our lives for one another by the example of sharing our wealth with any sibling in need.