Vol: 46, No.28 EASTER SUNDAY ( C) April 21 2019  
I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia. (Ps138:18, 5-6)
The day after Jesus died was the Sabbath when all work including even walking a short distance was forbidden. Sabbath was counted from sunset to sunset and so the women who wanted to visit the tomb and anoint the body of Jesus could not do it until Sunday morning. Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb on Sunday morning with the hope of anointing the body with spices. Mary embodies in herself the reaction of a person who is a witness to the resurrection. She wants to communicate the message to others as quickly as possible. Therefore, she runs to Simon Peter and the other disciples. Simon Peter also runs to the tomb to verify if what Mary told him is true. What Mary Magdalene has discovered in the darkness of early morning on Easter Sunday is the most sublime truth of all. The Lord is Risen! How do we welcome the risen Lord into our hearts? Are our hearts ready for him? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/.......
Glory to God in the highest...

O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray,
that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. 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.
(In this speech Peter presents in a nutshell the story of Jesus beginning in Galilee with his baptism and ending in Jerusalem with his death and resurrection. His speech ends with a call to believe in Jesus).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (10:34a, 37-43)
Peter opened his mouth and said: “The word which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. And we are witnesses to all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and made him manifest; not to all the people but to us, who were chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that he is the one ordained by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear
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