Vol: 43, No.27 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER ( C) April 10 2016  
Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia. (Ps 65:1-2)

Jesus has called his disciples as they were fishing in the sea of Tiberias. The sudden death of Jesus has created a vacuum in their lives and the expected reaction of these men is to take up the fishing nets again. But the appearance of the risen Jesus brings about a transformation in their lives. They become so courageous and bold that even the Sanhedrin, the authoritative body, is powerless to handle them. When called for questioning their answer is that they are commissioned by God Himself and they wonder what is wrong in it. They are willing to be punished rather than bringing dishonour to the Name of Jesus. What am I expected to contribute to the reawakening of the Easter faith in my parish community? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...

May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the
restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
This is the second time that the apostles are brought before the Sanhedrin on charges of teaching in the name of Jesus. Peter bluntly tells the Sanhedrin that they have a mandate to preach and that they would rather obey God than men).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (5:27-32,40-41)
The high priest questioned the apostles, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” They charged the apostles not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonour for the name.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (30)
Response: I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.
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