3rd Sunday of Easter Year B

Published on 09 Apr 2018
An icon of three disciples with Jesus

Christ, our Advocate with the Father

May your people exult forever, O God,

in renewed youthfulness of spirit,

so that, rejoicing now

in the restored glory of our adoption,

we may look forward in confident hope

to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection.
We are celebrating the Easter season with joy. This week’s readings remind us how much Jesus has won for us, and that his forgiving love is always there for us all.

In the First Reading, Peter clearly puts the responsibility for the death of Jesus onto the Judaean people, who had received so much. Yet they can still turn to the risen Christ and repent. They, and we, may well use Psalm 4 (5) as our cry and prayer for mercy. The Psalm is at the same time full of confidence and trust.

The Second Reading, from St John’s letter, speaks unambiguously of sin, but reminds us that we have the remedy – Jesus Christ, our Advocate with the Father. The Gospel offers us another of the appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection. He meets the fear and agitation of the disciples by offering peace, allowing them to touch him and share a meal with him.

Our readings also underline our role as witnesses.

May we go forward this week, confident in God’s love for us, and eager to witness to him.
 
God raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are the witnesses.   First Reading

The Lord hears me whenever I call him.   Psalm

We have our advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, who is just.   Second Reading

You are witnesses to this.   Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:

Acts 3: 13–15, 17–19; Psalm 4 (5); 1 John 2: 1–5; Luke 24: 35–48