Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Easter Day - April 1, 2018

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Isaiah 25:6-9

Isaiah has written that, at the end of the era, God will punish rebellious heavenly beings and the “kings of the earth”, after imprisoning them for a long time. “... the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and ... he will manifest his glory.” Now he tells of the banquet when the Kingdom of God arrives.

Acts 10:34-43

Cornelius, a centurion in the military force in Palestine, and already a believer in God, has been given a vision. As a result, he has invited Peter to visit him and his household. It was against Jewish law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile, but Peter comes anyway, with “some believers from Joppa”.

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Paul has heard that some at Corinth deny the physical resurrection of the body, claiming that only the spirit matters. Now he argues against this view.

Mark 16:1-8

It is now Saturday, after sundown. Mary Magdalene has witnessed Jesus’ death and burial. There was no time to anoint his body before the Sabbath, so she and other women prepare to do so now.

John 20:1-18

John tells us the events of the Sunday morning after Jesus died and was buried. Mary Magdalene has witnessed Jesus’ death on the cross and has been present at his burial in the tomb hewn out of the rock. The positioning of the linen wrappings shows that the grave has not been robbed.

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