The Second Sunday of Easter

ACTS 2: 42-47; 1 PET 1:3-9; JN 20:19-31 (YEAR A)

‘You did not see him, yet you love him; and still without seeing him, you are already filled with a joy so glorious that it cannot be described, because you believe; and you are sure of the end to which your faith looks forward, that is, the salvation of your souls.”

The First Letter of St Peter describes the power of the Risen Lord transforming the hearts of those who had responded to his proclamation of the Resurrection. Although they had never seen Jesus, they had been touched by the same love that had raised Jesus from the dead. Christ was alive in them. Their lives, once so distracted and lacking in direction, had found new hope.

The Acts of the Apostles describes these first Christian congregations as powerhouses of the Resurrection: “The whole community remained faithful to the teaching of the Apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.”

These verses describe what we do week by week as we come together in the celebration of the Eucharist. We hear the same Word of God and share the same Bread that has been blessed and broken. This ritual, so familiar, has the same power to change our own lives, just as it had changed the lives of those first communities.

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