Study: What do the readings say?
Pray: What do the readings say to me?
Serve: What do the readings make me do or say…today?
Let’s take a look at some of the main themes of the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Easter.
1st Reading – Acts 4:32-35
- The Early Church shares all things in common; no one suffers from grave need.
- The apostles offer their witness to the resurrection of Christ; they are filled with great power.
Psalm – 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
- The “stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone” now applies to Jesus.
- Christ was rejected, and submitted to the agony of the Cross; Christ’s resurrection now becomes the cornerstone of our faith in God.
- Our strength and courage from the Lord, who is our savior.
2nd Reading – 1 John 5:1-6
- Everyone who believes in Christ is empowered to love God and one another. Our love for the Lord empowers us to keep his commandments.
- Our faith in Christ leads to a victory that conquers the world.
Gospel – John 20:19-31
- Jesus appears to the disciples, offering them peace and the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus appears to the disciples (this time with Thomas) and speaks about those who have not seen the Risen Lord but who in faith overcome their doubt and believe.