Easter Sunday Year A

Published on 03 Apr 2020
An angel and soliders near the tomb

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May the risen Lord breathe on our minds and open our eyes.

O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son,

have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity,

grant, we pray, that we who keep

the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection

may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit,

rise up in the light of life.

On this Easter morning, we stand with the first believers at the empty tomb, full of wonder and awe at the enormity of what has taken place. Today we can trust that our whole life lies with Christ.

In the First Reading, we hear Peter addressing a group of Gentiles within the household of the centurion Cornelius. His speech is significant: God wants the salvation of all peoples.

The Psalmist joyfully foresees the resurrection of Jesus and recognises it as the work of God Himself.

St Paul, in contrasting earthly and heavenly realities, urges the Colossians to set their gaze on heaven, where Christ is seated. Now we have been brought back to true life with Christ, we will share in his glory when he is revealed. (Second Reading)

The Gospel records how Peter and his unnamed companion slowly come to realize that Jesus has risen from the dead. This disciple, ‘the one Jesus loved’, symbolises where all faithful Christians are invited to be: in a loving, intimate relationship with Christ.

On this Easter Day, we may want to pray to recognise the dignity that belongs to us as Christians. We ask also for the grace we need to live out that dignity in practice, even when our daily lives have been unexpectedly upset in times of uncertainty and confusion.

I have risen: I am with you once more; you placed your hand on me to keep me safe. How great is the depth of your wisdom!        Entrance Antiphon

Jesus went about doing good and curing all.      First Reading

This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad.      Psalm

He saw and he believed.     Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

Acts 10: 34, 37–43; Ps. 117 (118); Col. 3: 1–4 [1 Cor. 5: 6–8]; John 20: 1–9