Third Sunday of Easter (B)
"See how it is written that the Christ would suffer
and on the third day rise from the dead."
The Word This Week
We continue to think about the Resurrection this week, from three different perspectives: the Gospel gives us another story of Jesus appearing to his disciples - this time the beautiful story of the meeting in Jerusalem, when Jesus proves he is alive and no ghost by eating some grilled fish: he reminds the disciples that all he suffered and rise so the repentance for the forgiveness of sins could be preached to the whole world. The first reading shows us Saint Peters doing just that, as he addresses the crowd in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost: he takes them through recent events (fifty days earlier), highlighting the important point, that he and the disciples can witness to the raising of Jesus from the dead, and calling them to repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out. The second reading brings this into our lives: the resurrection is not just a historical event, which we remember. By baptism (which we renewed at Easter) we become part of Jesus in his dying and his rising, as he becomes the sacrifice that takes our sins away. So all that
Notes for Readers
The problem with this reading is that it jumps rather abruptly into a story: on Pentecost, Peter goes out of the Upper Room, and addresses the crowd in
In comparison to last weeks selection from this letter, this weeks is reasonably clear and straightforward. There are two parts: the section about sin (to ...the whole worlds) and the section about the commandments. At the beginning, let the first sentence hang in the air for a moment - its a powerful statement, so let it sink in. Then the good news is that even if we do sin, through Jesus we have a hope of redemption.