Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31

     Is Easter over and done with? Perhaps it feels like it now that all the candy on store shelves is half-priced and the guests have cleared out of your home. But is Easter really over? No, it is only just beginning.

     This Sunday’s readings remind us of all the ways in which Jesus and his resurrection forever changed the lives of his people. Luke describes a new closeness among the first believers. The Holy Spirit inspired extraordinary acts of generosity and sacrifice for the sake of others in their community. “Because Jesus lives, I am not afraid to be generous!” (Acts 4)

     John, another apostle, explains the effect of Jesus’ resurrection on our moral lives. We are not afraid to walk in God’s light and live in obedience to His commands. Even when God’s light exposes our sinfulness, we have an Advocate, Jesus, who cleanses and covers us. “Because Jesus lives, I belong in His light!” (1 Jn 1).

     In the Gospel reading, John describes the transforming power of Jesus’ presence and his word of peace. Cowering disciples (“followers”) are changed into courageous apostles (“ambassadors”) of the Easter Gospel. Because Jesus lives, I have a message of forgiveness to share with others! (Jn 20).