Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Second Sunday of Easter - April 3, 2016

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Acts 5:27-32

The Sanhedrin has ordered Peter and John not to go on preaching the Good News, but they have continued to do so. Arrested a second time, they have escaped from prison with God’s help. The temple police have picked them up, and now bring them before the Sanhedrin again.

Revelation 1:4-8

John begins and ends this book as a letter. Literally, it is “to the seven churches of Asia” , that is, of the Roman province in western Asia Minor, but “seven” symbolizes totality, so John may speak to all churches in the province, or to all churches, everywhere.

John 20:19-31

Early on Easter Day, Mary Magdalene has recognized a man standing near the tomb as Jesus. She has told the disciples: “I have seen the Lord.” The disciples fear that they may suffer the same fate as their master.

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