Third Sunday of Easter

April 18, 2021

You alone, O LORD, bring security to my dwelling.

— Psalm 4:9

Dear Parish Family,

Today’s gospel from Luke describes the first time the disciples saw the risen Jesus. Instead of rejoicing at seeing our risen Lord, as the Gospel of John described their first meeting with Him, according to Luke they were terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost.

Might they also have been terrified because of their actions when Jesus was arrested before He died? Instead of protecting Him from harm, as they promised they would, they left Him. It’s understandable that the disciples could have been reluctant to meet the risen Jesus. After all, how would they have treated someone who abandoned them in their hour of need?

While it might have been surprising to the disciples that Jesus did not bring up the past, that’s what He hopes we have come to believe whenever we ask for God’s forgiveness; that all is forgiven and forgotten. 

That was God’s way of forgiveness which Jesus commissioned His followers to preach 2,000 years ago. That is still the way which God forgives today.

In the Word,
Fr. Danaher

Sunday’s Readings

First ReadingThe author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead (Acts 3:13-15, 17-19).

Psalm — Lord, let your face shine on us (Psalm 4).

Second Reading — We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one (1 John 2:1-5a).

Gospel — Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day (Luke 24:35-48).

Readings for the Week

Thursday, April 15: Acts 5:27-33; Ps 34:2, 9, 17-20; Jn 3:31-36

Friday, April 16: Acts 5:34-42; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14; Jn 6:1-15

Saturday, April 17: Acts 6:1-7; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19; Jn 6:16-21

Sunday, April 18: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Ps 4:2, 4, 7-9; 1 Jn 2:1-5a; Lk 24:35-48

Monday, April 19: Acts 6:8-15; Ps 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30; Jn 6:22-29

Tuesday, April 20: Acts 7:51 — 8:1a; Ps 31:3cd-4, 6, 7b, 8a, 17, 21ab;
Jn 6:30-35

Wednesday, April 21: Acts 8:1b-8; Ps 66:1-3a, 4-7a; Jn 6:35-40

Thursday, April 22: Acts 8:26-40; Ps 66:8-9, 16-17, 20; Jn 6:44-51

Friday, April 23: Acts 9:1-20; Ps 117:1bc, 2; Jn 6:52-59

Saturday, April 24: Acts 9:31-42; Ps 116:12-17; Jn 6:60-69

Sunday, April 25: Acts 4:8-12; Ps 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29;
1 Jn 3:1-2; Jn 10:11-18

Click here to find the daily readings on the USCCB website