John’s vision of the Son of Man

April 3, 2016

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

(SUNDAY OF DIVINE MERCY)

Acts 5:12-16

Life of the early community

Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

His Mercy endures forever

Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19

John’s vision of the Son of Man

Jn 20:19-31

Thomas in the upper room

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/ 040316.cfm

 

During the Easter season, the lectionary departs from the usual program. For the first reading, passages from Acts of the Apostles replace the Old Testament readings we usually hear. Typically, we be­gin the Easter season with accounts of the early community in Acts. That is true this year as well, with the emphasis today being on the healing taking place in the Temple area when the Christians gathered there.

Meanwhile, the choice for the second reading differs from year to year, according to the cycle. This year we feature the book of Revelation. The reading is from the introductory part of that book. We meet the author, and hear the call for him to write the book that we are about to read. The vision it gives of the Son of Man is heavily symbolic, with language taken from different parts of the Old Testament. The reading for the day is somewhat selective, presenting the main thought, without the more curious elaborations. However, for those who are interested enough to check in their Bible, note the footnotes. Cross-references to the prophetic writings abound, and the passages they indicate make their own contributions.

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