Sunday, April 19, 2015, is the 3rd Sunday of Easter.  The readings will be: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19;      1 John 2:1-5; and Luke 24:35-48.

                 Our Gospel reading this Sunday comes from the last chapter of Luke’s Gospel and continues the account of the two disciples who meet the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus. As these disciples recount their experience for the apostles, Jesus appears to all of them.  At first his appearance is “troubling” and causes them fear and confusion. But each time Jesus meets his followers in one of these post-resurrection encounters he is gentle with them, anxious to calm their fears and help them remember the things that he had told them before his death, the promises and prophecies that have now been fulfilled.  His meals with them are reassuring and the evidence of his bodily wounds is convincing.  “Peace be with you,” he says to them.  Once they realize they are truly with Jesus, they begin to understand and are inspired to begin to witness their experience to others.

     Both the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles and our second reading from the first letter of John remind us that we have sinned and that we will sin again, but that Jesus has saved us from our sins and is “the Way” to a new kind of living.  Luke, who wrote both the Gospel we hear from next Sunday and the Acts of the Apostles, emphasizes that through his death and resurrection, Jesus has fulfilled all the prophecies of the Old Testament.  All of the Easter readings call us to conversion, to a new way of life.  “Whoever keeps [Jesus’] word, the love of God is truly perfected in him.” 

 

Rose Davis