A Note on Today’s Readings | Third Sunday of Easter— Year B
Welcome to St. Gabriel’s Parish.
On this Third Sunday of Easter, the Gospel reading directs our attention to the Eucharist as our ongoing experience of the resurrection. On the first Easter afternoon Jesus met two of his followers, and as they walked to the village of Emmaus he explained the scriptures concerning his death and resurrection to them. At table with them he said the blessing and broke the bread and they recognized him.
Today’s Gospel reading carries that story to its conclusion. Those twodisciples are in the midst of telling the others that Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread when he appears in their midst. He again explains the scriptures and shares food with them. Thus from the verybeginning of the Church’s life in the risen Lord, the meal has been the most common way Jesus’ resurrection is revealed to his people.
Our reading from Acts today is an account of the manifestation ofChrist’s presence in and through his followers. Peter and John heal a cripple inthe name of Jesus and then Peter proclaims the Gospel of the dying and rising of Jesus. The second reading this Sunday speaks of the forgiveness of sins we have as a result of our life in Christ.
We are a people who through Baptism and Eucharist live in Christ’sdying and rising. We meet him again and again in the Breaking of the Bread and acclaim him. “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!”