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Our New Life in Christ

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It is a bit late now, but this post is still relevant: it does not only give an overview of the readings for the rest of Easter, it also gives a hint as to how to present the readings as if they come in a series. I say “as if” because the lectionary does not really have a well arranged system of presenting the Paschal mystery especially as it bears on the Resurrection of Christ. However, anyone who would be patient enough — people like Raymond Brown — to examine each part of the liturgy of each Sunday throughout Easter can find some thread that connects all lectionary selections leading to a Christology and a theology of the Spiritual Life. For this year (B, 2009), I have tried to work on the Second Readings for Easter; the Gospel readings are the same ones which I worked on three years ago. Links to the available articles are provided below. The Sunday Thoughts for each week will be given as they become available. The same thing goes for the articles on the Second Reading.

The first two Sundays of Easter have a historical character. They present the memory of the apostles of the Resurrection event. The reading for Easter morn describes the excitement of that first day when the empty tomb was discovered. The second Sunday of Easter is catechetical: it emphasizes the Sunday gathering of the disciples and the profession of faith that the baptized should make. Thomas’ “My Lord and My God” is the Christian profession of faith which all the baptized are required to make. The third Sunday presents to us the Risen Lord in the midst of the Church celebrating a victory meal with the disciples. It is within the context of this victory meal that the disciples are commissioned to preach the gospel of forgiveness.

The fourth and fifth Sundays give to us the principles of the Christian Life: here we find how the Lord looks at us. We are the flock of the Good Shepherd (IV) and the Branches of the True Vine (V). Finally, the sixth Sunday presents to us the ethical commitment of the Christian: it is the response to a love that was first shown by God in Christ. The descent of the Holy Spirit on the first Gentile converts remind us of the love that was poured into our hearts when we were baptized (cf. Romans 5:5)

Easter Sunday

The three readings for the Mass are related to one another by the theme of Easter. In the second reading, Paul motivates the Corinthians to live the Christian life using the image of the unleavened bread that is served during the Passover feast. Christ, the Paschal lamb has been offered and so the Christians should be like the unleavened bread. The old leaven should now be pushed aside, a reference to what Paul says in other occassions about the Christians death to sin and life in Christ.

The first reading is taken from the speech of Peter in Acts. 10. The context of the speech is the narrative of the baptism of Cornelius, a non-Jew. We have illustrated how the speech has a concentric arrangement with the outermost parallel elements gospel of peace-forgiveness of sins and at the center, the death and resurrection of Christ. Framing this central element are two declarations about Christ “He is Lord of all” and “God designated him Judge of the Living and the Dead”. We read it in the liturgy of Easter Sunday because it is a kerygmatic speech to Gentiles and provides the outline of a proclamation about the meaning of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for all men. Psalm 118 is linked to the victory of Christ in the resurrection and his entrance into glory.

Finally, the gospel reading narrates of that first day when women discover the empty tomb and tell of it to the disciples. John is schematic in presenting this part of the narrative. Focus however is placed on the beloved disciple who “saw and believed” inspite of the fact that he – like Peter – does not yet know of the scriptures that said Jesus had to rise from the dead.

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Dominica in Albis

The reading from the Acts of the Apostles (4:32-35) describes the life of the first Christian community which Luke presents as the model for all Christian communities. The description should be read in parallel with the one given in Acts 2:42-47. The selection from 4:32-35 focuses on the social dimension of community life. No one was in need because everyone shared what they had. Thus community life in this selection is characterized by a life of communion built around the proclamation of the apostles and the sharing of goods. Life in Christ affects even the socio-economic order.

The second reading from 1 John 5:1-6 is explained in this article. As the risen Jesus showed his hands and his side to give evidence of the reality of his death, so in the first epistle of John this reality is emphasized against a teaching that denies the death of Christ.”


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Third Sunday of Easter


Gospel Reading: Luke 24:35-38


Jesus’ victory meal with his disciples. The Risen Lord stands in the midst of the disciples. Luke alludes to Psalm 22:22, “I will praise you in the midst of my brothers; I will stand in the midst of the Church and declare your name.” (LXX). The Risen Jesus stands in the midst of the Church and confirms them in discipleship and sends them on a mandate.


Reading I: Acts 3:13-15.17-19


Peter’s kerygmatic speech. He calls Jesus “the author of Life” and this is because of the Resurrection. He is also called “holy” and “righteous One”. Jesus has been called “holy One” in the Gospel of Luke. Now he is also called “righteous One”, that is, the one who will be Judge at the end of time and second, He who will remain faithful to the covenant relationship he has. Note. When in the 2nd Reading, Jesus is called the Advocate, this aspect of his righteousness is alluded to.


Reading II: 1 John 2:1-5a

The author writes to preserve his community to preserve them from sin. Aware however that sin is still a possibility among the children of light, he assures them of the help of Jesus Christ, the Advocate who intercedes on their behalf (like Abraham and Moses) and who defends them. The same Jesus is the atoning sacrifice that covers their sins; to know him is to obey his commandments and therefore to walk in the light.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter


Gospel Reading: John 10:11-18


The fourth Sunday of Easter is also called “good shepherd Sunday.” The selection from John emphasizes the identification between the Shepherd of Psalm 23 and Jesus. The Shepherd in Psalm 23 is the Lord, the God of Israel who pastures his sheep and gives them peace. This identification that Jesus makes with the Good Shepherd is not lost to the Jews, for in the third part of the chapter, they try to stone him for blasphemy. Jesus had said “I and the Father are one”


Reading I: Acts 4:8-12


Peter’s kerygma on the occassion of the healing of a crippled man. He quotes from Psalm 118 identifying Jesus with the Stone rejected by the Builders and emphasizes that it is only in Jesus that salvation can be received. The healing of the cripple is a particular application of the victory of Christ in the Resurrection.


Reading II: 1 John 3:1-2

The author invites the community to contemplate the love that has been given them. It is the love by which they have become God’s children (1.2). And because they are God’s children, they will be like the Son of God who will be manifested in the Parousia (2:28). For the moment, this is a hope that should motivate them to be pure (blameless) just as Christ is pure and blameless (3:5). The world — that ensemble of forces with which the “anti-christs” have identified themselves — does not recognize them as “children of God” for the simple reason that it does not recognize God Himself.

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Fifth Sunday of Easter


Gospel Reading: John 15:1-8


A vine’s life is incomplete without fruits. In a sense, the vine exists because of the fruit it will bear. Jesus tells his disciples that his relationship with them is as vitas as the relationship of the vine to its branches. That his disciples may bear fruit, the first condition is to remain in Him.


The word “remain” contrasts with the previous instances when Jesus tells his disciples that he is departing (cf. John 13:36; 14:4.12.18.28). Beginning from John 13:1, the eminent departure of Jesus hangs over the disciples like a canopy. When Jesus tells his disciples “Remain in me and I will remain in you” a tension is created whereby the idea of Jesus’ departure is transformed. He leaves but will remain in his own in a way that the world will not know. He will continue to dwell among his own as source of life and communion.


In this section, the emphasis is laid on remaining in Christ and letting his words remain. Verses 5 and 7 are parallels with “I remain” and “my words remain” as equivalents. The idea of Christ’s words remaining prepares for the section on the commandment of love (vv. 9-17). But it also introduces the idea of the disciples’ empowerment to glorify the Father with the fruits they bear. In John 14:12, Jesus already told his disciples that anyone who believes in Him will do greater words that those accomplished by Him. The new “power” given to the disciples is in view of the glorification of the Father and the accomplishment of His will. Just as Jesus has pleased the Father in His earthly life, so too, the disciples are empowered to do the same. And this power has its source and expression in prayer.


Reading 1: Acts 9:26-31


The first reading from Acts gives us the picture of a Church growing steadily.(9:31). A former persecutor, Saul of Tarsus (cf. Acts 9:1ff) has been incorporated into the Church (v. 26) and has begun to preach boldly in the name of the Lord (v. 28) even to the point of death (v. 29). This brief peek into the initial career of Saul as a proselytizer for the new faith also gives us an idea of the beginnings of the Church which is pruned by the Father so that it may be more fruitful (cf. John 15:1-3) The responsorial psalm from Psalm 22 applies the verses originally associated with the Resurrected Christ to those who even now share in the death and resurrection of the Lord.


Reading II: 1 John 3:18-24


1 John 3:18-24 is part of the sub-section which begins in 1 John 3:11. After the author of the epistle emphasizes that love is an element of the gospel received (3:11) and hate is tantamount to murder (3:12-15), and that the new life of the Christian community must be expressed in a loving relationship with the brothers that is “in deed and in truth” (3:16-17), the discourse turns towards the question of conscience: How do we know that we are in the right? (Or in the language employed, How do we know we are in the Truth?). The answer given is three: (a) by the quality of our love (b) by the communion that we have, and (c) by the Spirit we have received.”

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Gospel Reading: John 15:9-17

Communion with Jesus demands communion of love among the brothers. In these passages, we find Jesus upgrading the status of disciples from slaves to friends. Later on, he is going to call them brothers. For the moment, he includes his disciples in his communion with the Father. They are now practically speaking extended family. They become his family in Easter.

Reading I: Acts 10:25-26.34-35.44-48

The second part of the narrative about the admission of the first Gentiles to the Church. The liturgical selection picks up parts from the kerygma to Cornelius, the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the household of the Gentile, and their baptism.

Second Reading: 1 John 4:7-10

The love of God that was experienced by the disciples was something real: it was shown in Christ, the Son of God (see John 3:14-16). Christian love is a response to this Divine Love and it is a response verified in love for the brothers.

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Romans 5:5
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5And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
Acts 2:42-47
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42And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43And fear came upon every soul: many wonders also and signs were done by the apostles in Jerusalem, and there was great fear in all.
44And all they that believed, were together, and had all things common.
45Their possessions and goods they sold, and divided them to all, according as every one had need.
46And continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they took their meat with gladness and simplicity of heart;
47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord increased daily together such as should be saved.
1 John 5:1-6
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1Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God. And every one that loveth him who begot, loveth him also who is born of him.
2In this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3For this is the charity of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not heavy.
4For whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith.
5Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6This is he that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ: not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit which testifieth, that Christ is the truth.
Luke 24:35-38
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35And they told what things were done in the way; and how they knew him in the breaking of the bread.
36Now whilst they were speaking these things, Jesus stood in the midst of them, and saith to them: Peace be to you; it is I, fear not.
37But they being troubled and frightened, supposed that they saw a spirit.
38And he said to them: Why are you troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
Psalm 22:22
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22Save me from the lion's mouth; and my lowness from the horns of the unicorns.
Acts 3:13-15
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13The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus, whom you indeed delivered up and denied before the face of Pilate, when he judged he should be released.
14But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you.
15But the author of life you killed, whom God hath raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
1 John 2:1-5
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1My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. But if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the just:
2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
3And by this we know that we have known him, if we keep his commandments.
4He who saith that he knoweth him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5But he that keepeth his word, in him in very deed the charity of God is perfected; and by this we know that we are in him.
John 10:11-18
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11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep.
12But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and flieth: and the wolf catcheth, and scattereth the sheep:
13And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep.
14I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me.
15As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep.
16And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.
17Therefore doth the Father love me: because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.
18No man taketh it away from me: but I lay it down of myself, and I have power to lay it down: and I have power to take it up again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
Acts 4:8-12
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8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them: Ye princes of the people, and ancients, hear:
9If we this day are examined concerning the good deed done to the infirm man, by what means he hath been made whole:
10Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him this man standeth here before you whole.
11This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.
1 John 3:1-2
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1Behold what manner of charity the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called, and should be the sons of God. Therefore the world knoweth not us, because it knew not him.
2Dearly beloved, we are now the sons of God; and it hath not yet appeared what we shall be. We know, that, when he shall appear, we shall be like to him: because we shall see him as he is.
John 15:1-8
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1I am the true vine; and my Father is the husbandman.
2Every branch in me, that beareth not fruit, he will take away: and every one that beareth fruit, he will purge it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3Now you are clean by reason of the word, which I have spoken to you.
4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in me.
5I am the vine: you the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
6If any one abide not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up, and case him into the fire, and be burneth.
7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you.
8In this is my Father glorified; that you bring forth very much fruit, and become my disciples.
John 13:36; 14:4
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1336Simon Peter saith to him: Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered: Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow hereafter.
144And whither I go you know, and the way you know.
John 13:1
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1Before the festival day of the pasch, Jesus knowing that his hour was come, that he should pass out of this world to the Father: having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
John 14:12
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12Otherwise believe for the very works' sake. Amen, amen I say to you, he that believeth in me, the works that I do, he also shall do; and greater than these shall he do.
Acts 9:26-31
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26And when he was come into Jerusalem, he essayed to join himself to the disciples; and they all were afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.
27But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and told them how he had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken to him; and how in Damascus he had dealt confidently in the name of Jesus.
28And he was with them coming in and going out in Jerusalem, and dealing confidently in the name of the Lord.
29He spoke also to the Gentiles, and disputed with the Greeks; but they sought to kill him.
30Which when the brethren had known, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him away to Tarsus.
31Now the church had peace throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria; and was edified, walking in the fear of the Lord, and was filled with the consolation of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 9:1
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1And Saul, as yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,
John 15:1-3
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1I am the true vine; and my Father is the husbandman.
2Every branch in me, that beareth not fruit, he will take away: and every one that beareth fruit, he will purge it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3Now you are clean by reason of the word, which I have spoken to you.
1 John 3:18-24
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18My little children, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed, and in truth.
19In this we know that we are of the truth: and in his sight shall persuade our hearts.
20For if our heart reprehend us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21Dearly beloved, if our heart do not reprehend us, we have confidence towards God:
22And whatsoever we shall ask, we shall receive of him: because we keep his commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in his sight.
23And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ: and love one another, as he hath given commandment unto us.
24And he that keepeth his commandments, abideth in him, and he in him. And in this we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
1 John 3:18-24
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18My little children, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed, and in truth.
19In this we know that we are of the truth: and in his sight shall persuade our hearts.
20For if our heart reprehend us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21Dearly beloved, if our heart do not reprehend us, we have confidence towards God:
22And whatsoever we shall ask, we shall receive of him: because we keep his commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in his sight.
23And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ: and love one another, as he hath given commandment unto us.
24And he that keepeth his commandments, abideth in him, and he in him. And in this we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
1 John 3:11
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11For this is the declaration, which you have heard from the beginning, that you should love one another.
John 15:9-17
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9As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you.
10If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; as I also have kept my Father's commandments, and do abide in his love.
11These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be filled.
12This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.
13Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you.
15I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends: because all things whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you.
16You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17These things I command you, that you love one another.
Acts 10:25-26
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25And it came to pass, that when Peter was come in, Cornelius came to meet him, Cornelius came to meet him, and falling at his feet adored.
26But Peter lifted him up, saying: Arise, I myself also am a man.
1 John 4:7-10
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7Dearly beloved, let us love one another, for charity is of God. And every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.
8He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is charity.
9By this hath the charity of God appeared towards us, because God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we may live by him.
10In this is charity: not as though we had loved God, but because he hath first loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins.
John 3:14-16
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14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15That whosoever believeth in him, may not perish; but may have life everlasting.
16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.

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