Christ is Risen

Readings for April 20, 2014 — The Mass of Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34A, 37-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6B-8; John 20:1-9

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • “They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible.” Alleluia! Jesus is risen from the grave. Today is a special celebration in the liturgical year. Jesus shows us today that life overcomes death. What things in your life are you grateful for? How do you take advantage of every day, making each second count?

  • The second reading from Colossians reminds us that we have eternal life. There is something more to look forward to after this life on earth. How does your faith shape the way you live your life? Are you fearful of death? How can we overcome that fear and put our trust in God?

  • In the Gospel, Mary of Magdala, Simon Peter, and another disciple went to the tomb and were confused to see that the stone had moved and Jesus was no longer there. They did not understand that Jesus had to rise from the dead as a part of God’s plan. Many of our brothers and sisters are also unaware of this sacred mystery. How can we spread this good news to those who don’t understand? How can we share our faith with others in a kind and charitable way?