Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter – 2024

Written on: April 10, 2024

by Sister Barbara Harrington, GNSH

First Reading: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Second Reading: 1 John 2:1-5a
Psalms: 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9
Gospel: Luke 24:35-48

A digital, printable copy of the reflection is here: Third Sunday of Easter Reflection 2024

On this Third Sunday of Easter Season, we continue to hear how God reveals His compassionate love for us through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.

Peter models the merciful, non-violent teaching of Jesus as he maintains that those responsible for Jesus’ death, including their leaders, acted out of ignorance. Peter then entreats them to acknowledge their responsibility and to start over, wiped clean.

John follows along the same lines, stating that Christ is our advocate with the Father, wiping out our sins and those of the “whole world”. As an antidote for sin, John states that our proper response is to live the commandments, i.e. to love God and one another.

In our Gospel reading, Luke describes Jesus trying to convince the disciples’ that His presence is real: “Look, a ghost does not have hands and feet” and, “He ate in front of them”. The Gospel ends with Christ’s exhortation to understand the necessity of His suffering and rising and He foretells repentance for the forgiveness of sins throughpreaching in His name to all the nations”.

Peter and John write of their eagerness for us to do our part in order to reap the harvest that God’s Son has won. Christ asks us over and over again to develop a deeper understanding of His life, suffering and death as a real human model for us, so we too may live a life that preaches His mercy and forgiveness.


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