"They have taken the Lord from the tomb"
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Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 (EasterC)
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The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 10, Verses 34, 37-43
1.“We are witnesses of all that he did.” What are some ways we can bear witness in our lives? Should we witness with more than words?
2. Peter is much stronger after the Resurrection than he was before Christ died. To what do you attribute this? Is the source of strength for Peter the same source for us?
Psalm 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23
1. The Psalm speaks of a great victory over death, 'I shall not die, but live.' Tell of how you share in Christ's victory over death and what this means to you.
2. Having been saved from death, the psalmist says he will 'declare the works of the Lord.' Speak of how you are empowered by our Lord's resurrection to go forth and proclaim the Gospel.
Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians, Chapter 3, Verses 1-4
1. In chapter 3 of Colossians, Paul tells us to seek what is “above.” He says that we should put on heartfelt compassion. What does compassion look like in our immediate world and in the larger one?
2. Paul says we should let the peace of Christ control our hearts. How do you do that when you’re feeling confused or paralyzed with fear? Where do you find help with peace?
Easter Vigil: Luke, Chapter 24, Verses 1-12
Easter Sunday: John, Chapter 20, Verses 1-9 or
Luke 24:13-35 (afternoon or evening)
1. Were the women deterred from their task by fear? They stood with Jesus when he died, they came to anoint his body as soon as they could. Compare them with some of Jesus’ other disciples. Which is better? Are both ways what we could expect from human beings?
2. Why do you think the apostle John was able to “see and believe”? In the scripture passage from John 14:21, Jesus said “Whoever loves me . . . I will love him [her] and reveal myself to him [her].” Could this be the reason for John’s immediate understanding? Why would love help someone know a person, or know about them?
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