First reading Acts 10:34,37-43

‘We have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection’

Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also to the fact that they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand. Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name.’
 
 

 

Responsorial Psalm 117(118):1-2,16-17,22-23

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.
or
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
 
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
  for his love has no end.
Let the sons of Israel say:
  ‘His love has no end.’
 
The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;
  his right hand raised me up.
I shall not die, I shall live
  and recount his deeds.
 
The stone which the builders rejected
  has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
  a marvel in our eyes.
 
 

 

Second reading Colossians 3:1-4

Look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is

Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.
 
 

 

Sequence

Victimae Paschali Laudes

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
  offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.
 
Death with life contended:
  combat strangely ended!
 
Life’s own Champion, slain,
  yet lives to reign.
 
Tell us, Mary:
  say what thou didst see
  upon the way.
 
The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!
 
The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.
 
Christ, my hope, has risen:
he goes before you into Galilee.
 
That Christ is truly risen
  from the dead we know.
Victorious king, thy mercy show!
 
 

 

Gospel John 20:1-9

He must rise from the dead

It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’
  So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
 
 
 
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The empty tomb

“Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed”. When Mary of Magdala told them that the tomb was empty, Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved and the one who stood faithfully at His cross, run to the tomb. Peter went in the tomb and could not understand what was happening. The other disciple went in, saw what Peter saw and he believed.
 
On this Easter Sunday, we are invited to open our eyes and look at the empty tombs in our lives with eyes of faith, like the beloved disciple. Faith is essential to help us make sense of this life, perceive that God is with us and is at work in us, and trust that He wants to bring joy where there is sadness, light where there is darkness, and life where there is death. Thus, we can see the empty tombs in our lives and just see them as emptiness, or we can see them with faith and know that we are not alone in facing our empty tombs because Jesus is not dead but alive and has left His tomb to be with us.
 
 
Reflective question:
What blocks me from having Easter faith?
 
 
 
Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year B” by Sr Maria Jose FMVD.