Lessons for Easter Day, April 16, 2017

Acts of the Apostles 10: 34-43

Peter, in a vision, is called to Caesarea to the home of a leading gentile, Cornelius, to explain this mysterious prophet who is Jesus. Peter does his job, telling the gentile community of Cornelius who Jesus was and what he came to earth to do. In so doing, Peter opens the door not only to this community but to the world at large, a world beyond his Jewish roots.

Colossians 3: 1-4

The author of this letter, writing as Paul, first explains what it means to be fully in Christ and then encourages the community to keep their eyes and hearts on “things that are above”, things that are of the kingdom of God, so that at the end of earthly life you will always be with Christ in eternity.

John 20: 1-18

John’s narrative of the morning after the body of Jesus had been laid in the tomb centers on Mary Magdalene who, arriving at the tomb sees the stone rolled away and the tomb empty, the body gone. She remains in vigil, in sorrow when two angels sit in the tomb asking why she weeps when suddenly Jesus appears and Mary recognizes him. Mary returns to the absent disciples to tell them she has seen the Lord. In this simple, straightforward way, John reveals the resurrection.