3rd Sunday of Easter Year A

Published on 24 Apr 2017
Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio

May your people exult for ever, O God,

in renewed youthfulness of spirit,

so that, rejoicing in the restored glory of our adoption,

we may look forward in confident hope

to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection.

Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God by the miracles and portents and signs that God worked through him. First Reading, Acts 2: 14, 22–33

Through him you now have faith in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory for that very reason – so that you would have faith and hope in God. Second Reading, 1 Peter 1: 17–21

Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us? Gospel, John 24: 13–35

They had recognised him at the breaking of bread. Gospel, John 24: 13–35

Eastertide, the weeks following Easter Sunday, are full of joy and hope. The days are longer; darkness has changed into light; the Church feels renewed.

I gently prepare to come before my God in prayer. Perhaps I light a candle to help me be more aware of God’s presence – ‘the light of the world’.

Slowly, confidently and with hope, I read this week’s opening prayer several times. I spend some time reflecting once more on the dark hours of the Lord’s passion, but also on the extraordinary events of Easter when he rose from the dead.

I speak to my risen Lord – maybe asking him to show me how I can answer his call. Where I can work with him to strengthen his Kingdom: in my family, in my parish, in my neighbourhood, at my place of work.

I remain in his presence for a while, thanking him for this time with him. I bring my prayer to a close with a slow and reverent sign of the cross.