Readings & Reflection Questions

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           SUNDAY READINGS

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, April 16
The Second Sunday of the Easter, April 16
Cycle A
First Reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Second Reading: Col. 3:1-4 or 1 Cor. 5:6b-8
Gospel: 
Jn. 20:1-9
First Reading: Acts 2:42-47
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9
Gospel: Jn. 20:19-31
The scene in the Gospel symbolizes a new creation brought about by the Resurrection of the Light of the World.  The darkness suggests the darkness that covered the abyss before light first appeared. For John, all those who came to believe would be loved by Jesus and would love in return.  In today’s Gospel Thomas insists upon physical evidence before he believes.  He doubts, but Jesus knows this and speaks to him through his doubts.  The Lord recognizes Thomas as one who can believe and he calls him to faith.  The Gospel writer encourages his audience to believe in Jesus even though they haven’t seen him.

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

Recount an experience in your life that left you feeling like an “empty tomb,” as if the Lord had been taken away from you.  How did you try to find the Lord again later?   

Name a time in your life when something good came out of a seemingly hopeless situation.   

What in your life keeps people from seeing Jesus in you? 

Do you ever identify with Thomas in your spiritual life?  How do you handle periods of doubt?  

When have you felt “sent” by the Lord?  

How will you share your faith and love for Jesus this week?

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