Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Echoing today’s Psalm, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” Jesus’ good news is our good news, too. Christ’s victory over death means everlasting life for all of us. Let us rejoice and be glad!
by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
Acts 10:34A, 37-43
This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.
“He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.”
You can read the full text of this Sunday’s readings here:
Today’s readings don’t even take a breath after the miracle of Jesus’ Resurrection. This event, by its nature, launches us into action. The context of the first reading is Peter’s speech after the conversion of Cornelius, a Roman soldier and pagan. It’s a reminder that Jesus came to bring the good news to everyone; as it says in the sentences before our reading, “God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” It’s up to Peter and the Apostles, and all who witnessed the saving power of Jesus to bring that good news to everyone who needs to hear it. We are witnesses, too, if we have experienced Jesus in our own lives. We have the mission to bring that saving power to others.
In the letter to the Colossians, we’re reminded to look up. That mission that we were given should flow from heaven and draw our attention back to heaven. We need to live in the present moment, but keep our priorities rooted in what Jesus did for us, and what is to come.
In the Gospel we see Mary Magdalene and the “other” Mary go back to the tomb where they meet an angel. They are told to not be afraid and that Jesus was risen. They are immediately given a mission to go tell the Apostles. On their way, Jesus appears to them and tells them again not to be afraid. It’s important for us to remember that as we are sent out to bring the good news of the Resurrection that we should never be afraid–Jesus meets us on the road and goes with us into every situation.
Did you ever get to give somebody good news? What was it? How did it make the person feel to receive the good news? How did it make you feel to share it?
Today’s Gospel and context for the first reading both speak to the fact that Jesus meets us where we are. We don’t have to have everything all together to be able to meet God. How does knowing that God accepts you as you are and wants you to be a witness for him to people who need good news bring you the courage to share your faith?
Last week’s Gospel ended with Mary Magdalene sitting at the tomb in grief. This week’s Gospel begins with her finding out that Jesus is risen and then taking that good news to others. Have you, in your travels, found some good news in the midst of grief? Have you found, like Mary and the “other” Mary, that Jesus meets you on your journey? What has that meant for you?
A little lectio
The ancient practice of prayerfully reflecting on bits of Scripture is known as lectio divina. Want to try it out with your family? Head over to Lectio Divina for Kids to find out how to adapt this prayer practice for your kids.
A little Bible study
Want to do a little Bible study with your kids? Here are some tips:
- During Ordinary Time, the Church pairs the Old Testament and New Testament readings in a way that each sheds light on the other. Ask your kids to look for the common theme connecting the two readings. (Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it is subtle.) How does the “dialogue” between the readings help you understand them better?
- Get a New American Bible, Revised Edition, and take a look at the footnotes for these readings. How do they change your understanding of what is going on?
- Take a look at the context for the readings—what happens before, or after?
- Read the NABRE’s introduction to the book of the Bible that the readings are taken from. How does that help you understand the readings?
- If you don’t have a copy of the NABRE at home, you can view it online at the USCCB website at the Daily Readings web page. (The link will take you to today’s reading; click forward or backward on the dates to get to Sunday’s readings.)
For even more resources for breaking open this Sunday’s readings, head over to The Sunday Website.
The image for Breaking Open the Word at Home is taken from a 17th century illuminated manuscript by an anonymous (but very talented) artist. The text is from the beginning of the Book of Sirach, chapter 1, verses 1-12, which begins: “All wisdom is from the Lord and remains with him forever.”