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For the Homily :


21st April 2019 : Easter Sunday (Liturgical Colour: White)

First reading

Acts 10:34,37-43 'We have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection'
Peter  addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘You must have heard about the  recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in  Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him  with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus  went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of  the devil. Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did  throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also  to the fact that they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three  days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not  by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen  beforehand. Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with  him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to  proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed him  to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets  bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins  forgiven through his name.’

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 117(118):1-2,16-17,22-23


Second reading

Colossians 3:1-4 Look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is
Since  you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for  the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right  hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that  are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is  hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your  life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.


Alternative Second reading

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Get rid of the old yeast and make yourselves unleavened as you were meant to be
You  must know how even a small amount of yeast is enough to leaven all the  dough, so get rid of all the old yeast, and make yourselves into a  completely new batch of bread, unleavened as you are meant to be.  Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed; let us celebrate the feast,  then, by getting rid of all the old yeast of evil and wickedness, having  only the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Christians, to the Paschal Victim
 offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.
Death with life contended:
 combat strangely ended!
Life’s own Champion, slain,
 yet lives to reign.
Tell us, Mary:
 say what thou didst see
 upon the way.
The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!
The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.
Christ, my hope, has risen:
he goes before you into Galilee.
That Christ is truly risen
 from the dead we know.
Victorious king, thy mercy show!

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!
Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed:
let us celebrate the feast then, in the Lord.

Three  alternative Gospels are given here. The first two may be used at any  time; the third may be used if the Mass is being celebrated in the  afternoon or evening.


John 20:1-9 He must rise from the dead
It  was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary  of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away  from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple,  the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said  ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’
 So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the  tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than  Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths  lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following  now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the  ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not  with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other  disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he  believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of  scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

Alternative Gospel

Luke 24:1-12 Why look among the dead for someone who is alive?
On  the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, they went to the  tomb with the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had  been rolled away from the tomb, but on entering discovered that the body  of the Lord Jesus was not there. As they stood there not knowing what  to think, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side.  Terrified, the women lowered their eyes. But the two men said to them,  ‘Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? He is not here; he  has risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee: that  the Son of Man had to be handed over into the power of sinful men and be  crucified, and rise again on the third day?’ And they remembered his  words.
 When the women returned from the tomb they told all  this to the Eleven and to all the others. The women were Mary of  Magdala, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them  also told the apostles, but this story of theirs seemed pure nonsense,  and they did not believe them.
 Peter, however, went running to the tomb. He bent down  and saw the binding cloths but nothing else; he then went back home,  amazed at what had happened.

Alternative Gospel

Luke 24:13-35 They recognised him at the breaking of bread
Two  of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus,  seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all  that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up  and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising  him. He said to them, ‘What matters are you discussing as you walk  along?’ They stopped short, their faces downcast.
 Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘You  must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the  things that have been happening there these last few days.’ ‘What  things?’ he asked. ‘All about Jesus of Nazareth’ they answered ‘who  proved he was a great prophet by the things he said and did in the sight  of God and of the whole people; and how our chief priests and our  leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified.  Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And  this is not all: two whole days have gone by since it all happened; and  some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in  the early morning, and when they did not find the body, they came back  to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive.  Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the  women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.’
 Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men! So slow to  believe the full message of the prophets! Was it not ordained that the  Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory?’ Then, starting with  Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the  passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.
 When they drew near to the village to which they were  going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them.  ‘It is nearly evening’ they said ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he  went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took  the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them.  And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished  from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts  burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the  scriptures to us?’
 They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem.  There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions,  who said to them, ‘Yes, it is true. The Lord has risen and has appeared  to Simon.’ Then they told their story of what had happened on the road  and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.
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