FEASTING ON THE WORD
"If you meditate on the Scriptures it will appear to you in its brilliant splendor." ―St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Fourth Sunday of Easter (B)
Acts 4:8-12 | Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29 | 1 John 3:1-2 | John 10:11-18
We are in the Fourth Sunday since the joy of Easter commonly known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” and is also known as The World Day of Prayer for Vocations. As we gather together as a family to celebrate the Lord’s Day, let us focus on doing good despite criticism, seeking union with God and finding safety and security in Jesus — the Good Shepherd.
Third Sunday of Easter (B)
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 | Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 | 1 John 2:1-5a | Luke 24:35-48
On the third Sunday of Easter, we continue to hear Gospel accounts of Jesus’ appearances to his disciples following his Resurrection. The readings clearly demonstrate how the Scripture serves as the key to unlock God’s mysteries and to understand God’s ways. The Scripture allows for the correct understanding of Jesus’ mission and the purpose of his death.
Second Sunday of Easter (B) or Sunday of the Divine Mercy
Acts 4:32-35 | Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 | 1 John 5:1-6 | John 20:19-31
Although Easter Sunday was a week ago, Easter is far from over. Easter season is a 50-day period from Easter to Pentecost Sunday (which is May 23rd this year). Today, we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter. On this Sunday of the Divine Mercy, we listen to reminders that even though we have not seen Christ, we nonetheless are filled with joy as we place our belief in his resurrection and unending mercy.
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord (B)
Acts 10:34A, 37-43 | Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23. | 1 Corinthians 5:6B-8 | John 20:1-9
The psalmist prays today, “This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad!". On this Easter Sunday, despite the Coronavirus pandemic that tries to pull away our joy, let us remember that our faith is bigger than life, and that Jesus is more powerful than death. By rising back to life, Christ has opened, for everyone, a path that leads to Life. He invites us now to put off our old corrupt self and be transformed anew. Finally, he nourishes our hope that we will finally be freed from this pandemic.
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum