04.15.18 – 3rd Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Welcome Back to Banquet of the Word!

Join us every week for background on this Sunday readings.
Our mission is simple:
We want to help everyone in “pew-land” get more out of mass.

Fun (and important) Fact: Today’s 1st reading is Peter’s 2nd big speech in Acts (like a homily). Right before our reading starts, Peter and John had healed a crippled man and said to the crowd, “Why are you amazed at this?” That question changes how we read the first reading. Clearly they still need a reminder that Peter and John relied on God’s power to heal that man, not their own.

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
(The 1st Reading during the Easter Season is from Acts of the Apostles. We’re taking a break from the Old Testament.)

In light of the fun fact above, we see below the continuation of Peter’s talk.

  • He reminds them that they put the author of life to death.
  • He acknowledges (or gives them the benefit of the doubt) that they acted out of ignorance in doing so.
  • He asks the people to repent… to convert – so that their sins may be wiped away.

Peter said to the people:
“The God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus,
whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence
when he had decided to release him.
You denied the Holy and Righteous One
and asked that a murderer be released to you.
The author of life you put to death,
but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.
Now I know, brothers,
that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;
but God has thus brought to fulfillment
what he had announced beforehand
through the mouth of all the prophets,
that his Christ would suffer.
Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”

Psalm 4: Lord Let Your Face Shine Upon Us
(The Psalm is a “response” to what we heard in the 1st Reading)

Today we are reminded that we must but call on the Lord and He will answer us!

When I call, answer me, O my just God,
you who relieve me when I am in distress;
have pity on me, and hear my prayer!

Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one;
the LORD will hear me when I call upon him.

1 John 2:1-5a
(The 2nd reading during the Easter season is from the first letter of St. John.
 Speaks to how the early church was built after Christ’s death and resurrection).

St. John’s goal is to help the people (and we listening from the pews) to be aware of sin and to not fall into it. John reminds us that Christ is our advocate for the times we fall short – he sent us an Advocate, the Holy Spirit. Christ, manifest as the Holy Spirit and with us on Earth always, has suffered for our sins once and for all. And not just our sins, but those of the whole world. We are reminded to adhere to his commandments and to seek His forgiveness through the sacrament of reconciliation when we do fall short of the call to holiness.

Luke 24: 35-48
(The Gospel is the highest point of the Liturgy of the Word. That’s why we stand.

We are about to hear from and be instructed by Christ Himself.)

The gospel today is the story right after the Road to Emmaus (where 2 disciples meet Christ on the road and their eyes are opened, but only at the moment of “the breaking of the bread”). Today’s story is similar and has these themes:

  • Jesus appears to his disciples unexpectedly. He extends Peace to them. Not just a wish, but a blessing.
  • He answers their questions through a retelling and interpretation of scripture
  • He proclaims the Good News of His Resurrection
  • They Share a Meal. The disciples watch Jesus eat the fish, proving he is in fact human and in the flesh before their eyes; risen from the dead.

Jesus tells the disciples to take the gospel to all nations. We are called to be witnesses to His resurrection! How have we done being witnesses to this since Easter Sunday? What might we do this coming week to share the Good News with those around us, either directly or indirectly?

Be a light to the world this week!


Author: Cindy Skalicky

Background: While enrolled in coursework at the Denver Catholic Biblical School (CBS), I developed a passion for scripture. Prior to CBS, I knew so little about the bible. I was in a complete "fog", unable to see what I heard at mass or make any connections (even though I have been a lector for 20 years). The climax of every Mass is the banquet of the Eucharist. But before that, we attend the banquet of the Word - a "4-course meal" that includes the 1st Reading, Responsorial Psalm, 2nd Reading, and Gospel. At this "Banquet of the Word", we encounter Christ through His Word before we meet Him at the Eucharistic table. Increasing my knowledge of scripture has brought me out of the fog and into the light. I invite you to visit weekly. If you have limited scriptural knowledge, Be Not Afraid. Scripture is God's voice; in It, He speaks to you personally. Believe me, I know from experience how intimidating the Bible can be - in its length, the numerous styles in which it's written, and the messages therein. This is why I find it works well to explore scripture through the Sunday readings, which cover Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, the Pastoral Letters, and the Gospels. Join me on this journey, one week at a time.

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