Bible Reading Summaries

ReadingsEaster Sunday

First Reading (Acts 10:34.37-43). We hear part of an early sermon of
Peter.

Second Reading (CoI3:1-4). Through our Baptism, we already share in the risen life of Christ, though in a hidden and mysterious way. 

Gospel an 20:1-9). On discovering that Jesus’ tomb is empty, the disciples begin to grasp what the Scriptures had foretold, namely, that he would
rise from the dead.


Second Sunday of Easter

First Reading (Acts 5:12-16). This tells of the high regard in which the
apostles were held by the ordinary people, and of the cures they worked
for the sick.

Second Reading (Rev 1:9-13.17-19). John is bidden to write a message-
one which has meaning for the Church until the end of time.

Gospel (In 20:19-31). By seeing and touching the wounds of his risen
Lord, Thomas the doubter is cured of his unbelief.


Third Sunday of Easter 

First Reading (Acts 5:27-32.40-41). We see the apostles courageously witnessing to the resurrection of Jesus and gladly suffering for it.

Second Reading (Rev 5:11-14). We hear a hymn in praise of the crucified
and risen Christ.

Gospel an 21:1-19). This relates an appearance of the risen Jesus to seven
of his apostles on the shore of the lake of Gennesareth. The incident is
built around Peter.


Fourth Sunday of Easter

First Reading (Acts 13:14.43-52). Paul and Barnabas preach the Gospel
firstly to the Jews but they reject it; then they preach it to the Gentiles
who receive it with joy.

Second Reading (Rev 7:9.14-17). This contains a vision of those who will
come through times of persecution to share in Christ’s glory in heaven.

Gospel (In 10:27-30). Jesus, the Good Shepherd, will not allow anyone
to snatch from his care the sheep the Father has given him.


Fifth Sunday of Easter

First Reading (Acts 14:21-27). Paul and Barnabas retrace their steps,
encouraging the little communities of Christians they had founded.

Second Reading (Rev 21:1-5). Taken from the final part of Apocalypse,
this opens with the vision of a new world and the new order of things
inaugurated by Christ.

Gospel (In 13:31-35). During the Last Supper, Jesus gives his apostles a
new commandment – to love one another as he has loved them.


Sixth Sunday of Easter

First Reading (Acts 15:1-2.22-29). A big issue for the early Church was
how much of the Law and traditions of Moses should be imposed on
Gentile converts. This reading tells us how the problem was solved.

Second Reading (Rev 21:10-14.22-23). We are given a majestic picture of the new Jerusalem, the heavenly Church of the future when God’s Kingdom will come in all its glory will come in all its glory. 

Gospel an 14:23-29). We hear yet another portion of Jesus’ farewell discourse at the Last Supper. It is dominated by the thought of his imminent departure.


Ascension of the Lord

First Reading (Acts 1:1-11). We hear of the ascension of Jesus into heaven,
and of his promise to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples.

Second Reading (Eph 1:17-23). Paul sets out the meaning of the ascension:

God raised Jesus above all earthly powers and made him head of
the Church and Lord of creation.

Gospel (Lk 24:46-53). Before ascending into heaven, Jesus promises to
send the Holy Spirit to his disciples.


Pentecost

First Reading (Acts 2:1-11). Luke describes the descent of the Holy Spirit
on the apostles, and the effect it had on them.

Second Reading (1 Cor 12:3-7.12-13). The Holy Spirit gives different gifts
to different people, for the good of the Church, the Body of Christ.

Gospel (In 20:19-23). The risen Jesus gives the gift of the Holy Spirit to
his disciples and inaugurates the mission of the Church.