Third Sunday of Easter April 19, 2015

***      Third Sunday of Easter [Cycle B]   -  April 19, 2015         ***  

Today’s  1st Reading is Acts of the Apostles 3:13-5,17-9[pew Bible,OT, p.121 col.1]  Responsorial Verse : “Let the light of your face shine on us, o Lord.“ [Ps.4:1,3,6,8 – p. Bible,OT, p.575 col.1-2].    The 2nd Reading is 1 John 2:1-5[pew Bible, NT, p.239 col.1ff.]      The Gospel is Luke 24:35-48 [pew Bible, NT,  p.90 col.2ff.]                       

Thoughts on the Mass Readings: Today’s 1st Reading highlights the theme of “turning from our admitted sins: to Jesus,”   who can save us from those sins.  It presents Peter as the Spirit-emboldened leader of the 11 Apostles, who entering the Jerusalem Temple to pray, answers a lame man begging for[3:6] “silver or gold,” by ordering him “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” to “stand and walk.”  When the man rises cured, attracting many amazed bystanders, Peter has the chance to explain that the crucified & now-risen Jesus of Nazareth gave the lame man power to be healed.  He then calls his audience[v.19] to “repent and turn to God” so their sins may be “wiped out.”  The 2nd Reading  contains John’s urg-ing of all believers to not be fearful if they fall into sins, because Jesus, “the atoning sacrifice for our sins”[& everyone’s] is our eternal “advocate” before our heavenly Father [to gain us forgiveness].   The Gospel  tells how  Clopas[18:24] & his wife Mary[cf. Jn.19:23], walking toward Emmaus met the risen Jesus on the way & recognized him during “breaking of bread.” As they return to the community in Jerusalem to tell their story, Jesus (showing his wounds) appears to them all  

This Week’s Feasts: April 19(Leo of Rome); 20th(Marcellinus); 21st(Anselm of Canterbury); 22nd(Soter  & Caius); 23rd (Adalbert); 24th(Meletius of Canterbury); 25th(Mark the Evangelist)  St.Leo IX (1002 – 54), born Bruno of Egisheim-Dagsburg, was a German aristocrat and a powerful secular ruler of central Italy while hold-ing the papacy. Leo IX is widely considered the most historically significant German Pope of the Middle Ages. His citing of the spurious“Donation of Constantine in a letter to the Patriarch of Constantinople brought about the Great Schism between Catholics and the Orthodox in1054.   St.Marcellinus(c.260-304) was Pope of Rome [296-304] until he died as a martyr during the last Roman persecutions under emperor Diocletian.  St.Anselm(1033-1109), a Benedictine monk, philosopher, and Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109 is called the founder of scholas-ticism.  He is a major influence in Western theology and is famous as the originator of the ontological argument for the existence of God and the satisfaction theory of atonement.  He was exiled from England twice as a result of the investiture controversy, the most significant conflict between Church and state in Medieval Europe.  St.s Caius & Soter(c.110 -74). Soter was born in Fondi, Campania[today Lazio region] Italy and, as Pope of Rome 167-74, is known for declaring that marriage was valid only as a sacrament blessed by a priest. He also started celebrating Easter as an annual Sunday festival in Rome. Little is known about St.Caius, except that he was pope from 283 to 296.  St.Adalbert (c.956-98), born into a Czech princely family, studied (970-80) in Magdeburg under bishop  Adal-bert of Magdeburg. At the death of his mentor, he took the name Adalbert, later becoming Bishop of Prague. He went to Hungary as a missionary, who converted its king; then to Poland, where duke Boleslaw gave soldiers to pro- tect him on a mission to the Prussians [but he was martyred by them]. St.Mellitus(c.570 -624)was the first bishop of London, sent in 601 from Rome by Gregory I, to Christianize the Saxons. After exile to Gaul by a new pagan king, he returned in 619 to become 3rd Archbishop of Canterbury,  St.Mark(c.5 – 70) is by “tradition" identified with John Mark(Acts 12:12, 25; 15:37) and as the cousin of Barnabas (Col 4:10). When Jesus explained that his flesh was "real food" and his blood was "real drink", many disciples left him (John 6:44–6:66), presumably including Mark. According to tradition he was later restored to faith by the apostle Peter; he then became Peter’s interpreter, wrote the Gospel of Mark, founded the Church of Africa(centered in Egypt), and became 1st bishop of Alexandria.


© Joe Bednarz 2012