SUNDAY MASS READINGS’ REFLECTIONS
3rd Sunday of Easter (Cycle C) – May 5, 2019
CHRIST IS RISEN!
Liturgical Color – White (Stands for light, innocence, purity, joy, triumph, and glory.)
Purpose – This is the great 50 days of joyful celebration of the Lord’s resurrection from the dead and ending with His sending forth of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
3rd Sunday of Easter Theme: What an Impact a Resurrection Makes!
As a result of Christ’s resurrection, besides the enormous blessing of opening the gates of Heaven for us to have the possibility of eternal life with Him, today’s readings reveal that: The prophecies of this resurrection happening, have been validated and confirmed; The apostles are empowered, through the Holy Spirit within them, to preach about Jesus; The people are open to learning about and believing in Jesus; The elders are now worshiping Jesus; And, The Church of Jesus Christ has been established.
“In fact, everything that exists and moves in the Church – the sacraments, doctrine, institutions – draws its strength from Christ’s Resurrection.” (Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, “Life in Christ”)
Reading 1 – Acts of the Apostles 5:27-32,40b-41 The apostles are brought before the Sanhedrin a second time and again ordered to stop speaking in Jesus’ name – but they don’t!
Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 30:2,4-6,11-13 This is a prayer for deliverance from earthly tribulation.
Reading 2 – Revelation 5:11-14 John describes his vision of the praises that will be sung to the Lamb by every creature on heaven and earth.
Gospel – John 21:1-19 Jesus appears to the disciples for a third time after His Resurrection.
This Bible Study’s primary references used are from St Joseph Sunday Missal, LoyolaPress.com, CatholicCulture.org, Ascension Catholic Church Sunday Reflections, USCCB, Understanding the Scriptures by Scott Hahn, St Thomas Aquinas’ Works, RSV Oxford Annotated Bible, Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, St Charles Borromeo Bible Studies, LUMINA Bible Study, The Franciscans St. Anthony’s Guild, and Haydock’s Catholic Bible Commentary.
NOTE: The Lectionary Bible Readings for this Sunday – Readings 1 & 2, Responsorial Psalm, and the Gospel, all appear in purple in the following. Footnotes are included in these passages and the contents of all the footnotes appear at the end of this document.