LIVING THE WORD
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
April 16, 2017
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR MASS
Find the readings at www.USCCB.org or in a Bible.
Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37– 43
Psalm 118:1– 2, 16 –17, 22 – 23
Colossians 3:1– 4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b – 8
John 20:1– 9, Matthew 28:1–10, or Luke 24:13 – 35
Pray with the Word
This is the day, Lord God, that you have made!
Raising Christ from the dead, and raising us with Christ,
you have fashioned for yourself a new people, washed in the flood of Baptism,
sealed with the gift of your Spirit, invited to the banquet of the Lamb!
In the beauty of this Easter day, set our minds on the new life
to which you have called us; place on our lips the words of witness
for which you have anointed us; and ready our hearts to celebrate the festival,
with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Through Christ our Lord.
Prepare for the Word
Use these questions to prepare yourself to hear the readings before attending Mass:
Has there been a time that you have felt confused in your faith? How have you tried to remedy these feelings?
Things often happen in our lives that we do not understand. When have you experienced something like this?
Reflect on the Word
Use these questions to reflect on the readings after attending Mass:
When the first disciples found the empty tomb, they did not fully understand what had happened. When has been a time in your faith where you only understood something after it happened?
Alleluia! He is risen! In what ways can you celebrate Christ’s Resurrection in your faith?
Act on the Word
Use these ideas to act on the readings during the week:
We have just ended the season of Lent and have entered into the joyous season of Easter Time! For the past forty days, we have reflected on what we would like to change in our lives to be able to more fully participate in the Resurrection of Christ. To help facilitate this reflection, take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. At the top of one column write “To Overcome.” At the top of the other column write “Outcomes.” Under “To Overcome,” write down the things you have worked on during Lent or things you would like to work on to improve your life. Under “Outcomes,” write down what you would like to happen as a result of changing those habits. Hopefully this activity will help strengthen your resolve to keep working toward change.
The Living Word™ 2016–2017 © 2016Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders 1-800-933-1800. Written by Sarah Ault; prayer written by Peter J. Scagnelli. Permission to publish granted by the Very Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago, on November 12, 2015.
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