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Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of the Lord – Year A

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Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of the Lord – Year A

April 16, 2017

Gospel: Jn 20:1-9
 
On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb (1) early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths (2) there, but did not go in.
 
When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.
 
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The difficult words
 
(1) A tomb is a large vault for burying the dead.
(2) A burial cloth is a piece of material used to wrap a dead body in myrrh and other spices for burial.
 
This week’s spotlight
 
Alleluia, alleluia
 
Alleluia means "praise God” in Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament. It is a cry of joy and praise that is often found in the psalms.The Church has borrowed it to proclaim the joyful reading of the Gospel. The alleluia is not used during Lent, because Lent is a time of penance and longing for new life. On Easter Sunday, the return of the alleluia expresses the great joy of the Resurrection.
 
The paschal candle
 
The paschal (Easter) candle is a large candle engraved with the present year and two Greek letters. The letters are called Alpha and Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. This symbolizes that everything begins and ends with Christ, that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The light of the paschal candle is a sign of the Resurrection. It is lit during the Easter Vigil and continues to burn in the church throughout the Easter season, and during baptisms and funerals throughout the year.
 
Reflection
 
What a week!
 
Even though Sunday is on the weekend, it’s actually the beginning of the week for Christians. It’s the first day of the new creation, the day that Jesus rose from the dead. That’s why we go to Mass on Sunday. Just as Mary Magdalene, Peter, and other disciples gathered around the tomb early on Easter morning, we gather today to hear the Good News of the Resurrection. Even though we don’t see Jesus or the empty tomb with our human eyes, we celebrate Easter with the eyes of faith. We believe that Jesus is risen, that he has triumphed over death! The joy we celebrate every Sunday is even greater on this Easter Sunday. Open your heart to this joy throughout the week. Share this joy with others who believe in Jesus. God promises us eternal life! Alleluia!
 
Discussion questions
 

1.Who goes to Jesus’ tomb?
2.What do Peter and the other disciple discover when they go to the tomb?
3.Who is the first to believe in Jesus’ resurrection?
4.Why is the resurrection of Jesus good news?
5.How can you spread the joy of Easter to others?
 
Praying after Communion
 
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
 
Father, through Jesus, in communion with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. Thank you for the great joy of your Resurrection and for the hope of rising with you to new life. Help me to spread that hope and joy to everyone I meet Amen.
 
This week...
 
Open your heart to joy
 
"Alleluia!" is a cry of joy. On this day of Resurrection, let out your joy by singing or saying an Alleluia - continue to sing your Alleluias throughout the week.
 
Live the joy of Easter
 
There are many ways you can spread the good news of Easter. At dinner time, read the story of Jesus' Resurrection from the Gospel of John, pray the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary, or help arrange flowers throughout the house to symbolize new life in Christ!
 
Maze Puzzle

 
 
 
Source: http://www.usccb.org -  Magnifikid - www.sermons4kids.comhttp://usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm

 

 

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