A-Easter Sunday 2017-04-16


April 16, 2017 EASTER SUNDAY

Year A

First Reading Acts 10:34, 37-43

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Peter addressed Cornelius and the people assembled in the house in these words,

“I begin to see how true it is that God shows no partiality.

…You know what has been told all over Judea about Jesus of Nazareth,

beginning in Galilee with the baptism John preached,

how God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power.


Jesus went about doing good works and healing those in the grip of the devil’s power because God was with him.

We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem.


Finally, they put Jesus to death by ‘hanging him on a tree’.

God raised him up on the third day and he was seen,

not by all, but by the witnesses

who had been chosen beforehand by God

––that is, by us who ate and drank with Jesus

after the resurrection from the dead.


Jesus commissioned us to preach to the people

and to bear witness

that the Savior is the one set apart by God

as judge of the living and the dead.

To Christ Jesus all the prophets testify,

saying that everyone who believes

has forgiveness of sins through this name.”

The Word of God spoken through Luke in the book of Acts.

April 16, 2017 EASTER SUNDAY

Year A

Second Reading Colossians 3:1-4


A reading from Paul’s letter to the Colossians and the writing of Christine Smith

in Risking the Terror: Resurrection in this Life

Paul writes…

Sisters and brothers, since you have been resurrected with Christ

set your heart on what pertains to higher realms,

where Christ is seated at God’s right hand.

Let your hearts be on heavenly things, not on the things of earth.

After all, you have died,

and now your life is hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ, who is your life, appears,

you too will appear with Christ in glory.

Christine writes…

What does it mean to be the Body of the Risen Christ?

What does it mean to be a resurrection people?

What does it mean for Christian people to passionately breathe life

into every place of violence and bravely resist in our neighborhoods,

our countrysides, and our cities -- all the forces

that strip people of their humanity and life?

What does it mean to be a people

who tenderly raise each other up out of tombs of despair and death?

And what does it mean to be God’s hope for the new community?

What does it mean to be a visionary people,

boldly embodying new ways of being human

and carefully tending places of justice and hope?

What does it mean to be a people

who courageously forge places of worship and life

where everyone has a place at the table and everyone is blessed?

The Word of God spoken through Paul and Christine



April 16, 2017 EASTER SUNDAY

Year A

Gospel Matthew 28:1-10

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning,

Mary Magdalene came with the other Mary to see the tomb.


Suddenly there was a violent earthquake,

for an angel of God descended from heaven

rolled back the stone, and sat on it.

The angel’s appearance was like lightning,

with garments as dazzling as snow.

The guards nearby shook with fear and fell down as if they were dead.

Then the angel spoke, addressing the women:

“Do not be frightened. I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified,

but he is not here. Jesus has been raised, exactly as foretold.

Come and see the spot where he was laid.

Then go quickly and tell the other disciples:

‘Jesus has been raised from the dead

and now goes ahead of you to Galilee, where you will see him.’

That is the message I have for you.”

The women hurried away from the tomb with awe and great joy,

and ran to tell the others.

Suddenly, Jesus stood before them and said, “Peace!”

The women came up and embraced his feet and did him homage.

At this Jesus said to them,

“Do not be afraid!

Go and carry the news to the others

that they are to go to Galilee, where they will see me.”

The good news of God our salvation according to Matthew.


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