Second Sunday in Easter - April 11, 2021
We all desire peace. Peace in the world. Peace in our hearts. Peace on earth and in personal life is elusive, but God's peace is everlasting. It sustains us even in crisis, for it is the presence of Christ in our lives.
FIRST READING Acts 4 spoke to the ideal meaning of community: people united in mind and heart. The early Christians were one in faith and purpose and charity towards each other. These verses described their trust in God and each other.
PSALM Psalm 118 praised God for his activity in the life of the nation. He saved his people from defeat and destruction. He deserved glory for his guidance.
SECOND READING In 1 John 5, we encounter the message of a truly Risen Lord. Christ was not a metaphor or a spirit or an opinion. He was real, tangible. He is like us, yet not like us. He is human, yet he overcame death and showed us the way to eternal life through water (baptism) and blood (death).
GOSPEL In John's gospel, Jesus appeared to his followers on Easter night with a revelation and a mission. He was risen, so his followers were to carry that message to others. They could carry that message because they had the power of the Spirit with them.
DAILY READINGS for Easter Week.
CHILDREN'S READINGS In the story for the first reading, James shared a field trip experience with his class mates. They became united in their excitement and their stories of the field trip. In a small way, this was like the excitement and purpose the early Christians felt united in faith. In the story for the gospel, Taya enjoyed the perfect morning, despite her brother's grumpiness. She felt at peace and full of energy, just like the followers of Jesus must have felt when Jesus first appeared to them.
CATECHISM LINK In this week's Catechism Link, we consider the gifts and fruits of the Spirit, those of the same Spirit Jesus breathed on his followers the first Easter Sunday night.
FAMILY ACTIVITY Have a family discussion about fear and overcoming that emotion. Read the gospel from John to reinforce the point that God will take care of us and give us peace.