Apr 18, 2021: 3rd Sunday of Easter (B)

1st Reading – Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

Peter said to the people:
“The God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus,
whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence
when he had decided to release him.
You denied the Holy and Righteous One
and asked that a murderer be released to you.
The author of life you put to death,
but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.
Now I know, brothers,
that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;
but God has thus brought to fulfillment
what he had announced beforehand
through the mouth of all the prophets,
that his Christ would suffer.
Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”

One of the distinctive features of the Easter season is the absence of the Old Testament from the first readings. We read instead from the Acts of the Apostles, hearing of the transformation that took place within the community of believers following the Resurrection.

Today’s reading is part of an impromptu speech that Peter gave in Jerusalem. Peter has just healed a crippled beggar that he and John encountered on their way to the temple area; this event has attracted an astonished crowd. It is to this Jewish audience that he speaks. Continue reading “Apr 18, 2021: 3rd Sunday of Easter (B)”