A-Easter III 2017-04-30

April 30, 2017                     THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
Year A
First Reading                      Acts 2:14, 22–28
            A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the eleven,
raised his voice, and proclaimed to them,
 “Women and men of Judea, and all you who live in Jerusalem!
   Listen to what I have to say: 
Jesus the Nazorean [naz-uh-REEN] was one sent to you by God
with miracles, wonders, and signs as credentials. 
These God worked through Jesus in your midst, as you well know. 
Jesus was delivered up by the set purpose and plan of God… 
But God freed Jesus from death’s bitter pangs,
because it was impossible that death should triumph over him. 
David says of him:
            ‘I have set our God ever before me;
                        With God at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. 
            My heart has been glad and my tongue has rejoiced;
                        my body will live on in hope.
            For You will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
                        nor will You suffer Your holy one to see corruption. 
            You have shown me the paths of life;
                        You will fill me with joy in Your presence.’”
            The word of God spoken through Luke in the Acts of the Apostles.
April 30, 2017                     THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
Year A
Second Reading                  1 Peter 1:17-21
A reading from the first letter of Peter and the writing of Pedro Arrupe
In the first letter of Peter:
In prayer you invoke Abba God, who judges everyone justly, based on their actions.
Therefore, conduct yourselves reverently during your sojourn in a strange land.
Realize that you were delivered from the futile way of life
your ancestors handed on to you, not by any perishable things like silver or gold,
but with Christ’s own life beyond all price… 
It is through Christ that you are believers in God,
the God who raised Christ from the dead into glory. 
Your faith and hope, then, are centered in God.
Pedro says….
 If there is hunger anywhere in the world,
then our celebration of the Eucharist is somehow incomplete
everywhere in the world ….
 In the Eucharist, we receive Christ hungering in the world.
He comes to us, not alone,
but with the poor, the oppressed, the starving of the earth.
Through him they are looking to us
for help, for justice, for love expressed in action.
Therefore, we cannot properly receive the Bread of Life
unless at the same time we give the Bread of Life
to those in need wherever and whoever they may be.
The Word of God spoken through Peter and Pedro Arrupe
April 30, 2017                     THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
Year A
Gospel                       Luke 24:13–35
            A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke.
On the first day of the week, two disciples were going to the village of Emmaus [eh-MAY-uhs],
seven miles away from Jerusalem.
They were talking to one another about all that had happened.
As they were talking and discussing,
Jesus himself caught up to them and began to walk with them.
But they did not recognize him. 
Jesus asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along so sadly?”
They stopped and looked at him.
One of them, named Cleopas [KLEE-oh-puhs], said to him in reply,
       “Are you a stranger in Jerusalem that you do not know
             the things that have happened these past few days?”
Jesus asked them, “What things?”
They replied,
“The things to do with Jesus of Nazareth,
a prophet powerful in word and deed
in the eyes of God and all the people;
how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. 
We were hoping that he was the one who would set Israel free.
Besides all this, today, the third day since these things happened,
some women of our group have astonished us.
They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body!
They came back reporting that they had seen a vision of angels
who declared that Jesus was alive!
Some in our group went to the tomb and found it empty just as the women said,
but him they did not see.”
Then Jesus said to them,
            “How slow of heart you are to believe all that the prophets spoke! 
Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things to enter into glory?”
 Then, beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
Jesus interpreted for them every passage of scripture that referred to him.  
As they neared the village where they were going,
        the stranger acted as if he were going further. 
But they pressed him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening––the day is almost over.”
So Jesus went in to stay with them. 
While he sat with them, Jesus took bread,
blessed it, broke it and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus,
who immediately vanished from their sight.
They said to each other,
   “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the road
and opened the scriptures to us?” 
They got up immediately and returned to Jerusalem,
where they found the eleven and the other disciples gathered together.
Before the travelers could speak a word, the community shouted,
        “Jesus has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” 
Then the travelers recounted what had happened to them on the road
and how they knew Jesus in the breaking of the bread.
            The Good News of Our Salvation, spoken through Luke.


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