3rd Sunday of Easter Year A
Did our hearts not burn within us …?
May your people exult for ever, 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.
Our readings this Sunday are full of the firm faith in the resurrection of Jesus, both in the teachings of St Peter and in the witness of the disciples in Emmaus.
The First Reading gives us the first part of Peter’s rousing address to the crowd at Pentecost. Filled with the Spirit, he tells them about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and how all of this was a result of God’s plan.
He quotes Psalm 15 (16), our Responsorial Psalm, in which the resurrection of Jesus is fulfilled – you will not leave my soul among the dead.
The Second Reading, St Peter again, is a reminder that we have been ransomed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Our faith and hope are based in the God who raised Jesus from the dead and gave him glory.
The Gospel gives us the moving story of the two disciples who meet the risen Jesus on the way to Emmaus. They only recognize him in ‘the breaking of bread.’
Like the disciples, may we find the Lord this week in whatever difficult circumstances we experience.