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Sermons on Easter

May 1, 2022 Affirmation of Baptism & Third Sunday of Easter “Fuel to Follow”

FIRST READING            Acts 9:1-20 Saul (later called Paul) was an ardent persecutor of all who followed the Way of Christ. This reading recounts the story of his transformation beginning with an encounter with Jesus Christ on the way to Damascus. 1Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and…

April 24, 2022 Second Sunday of Easter “Figuring Out What’s Next”

FIRST READING            Acts 5:27-32 Peter has been arrested for proclaiming the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. His response to the charges of the high priest summarizes the early church’s proclamation of forgiveness of sin through repentance. 27When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28saying, “We gave you strict orders…

May 16, 2021 Seventh Sunday of Easter “Testify!”

FIRST READING            Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 In the days between Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost, Peter oversees the process whereby one of the members of the community of believers is chosen to be the twelfth apostle, in order to fill the vacancy created by Judas’ treachery and death. 15In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one…

May 9, 2021 Sixth Sunday of Easter “Surprised by the Spirit”

FIRST READING          Acts 10:44-48 While Peter shares the good news of Jesus with a Gentile soldier and his family, the Holy Spirit comes upon them. Recognizing that the Spirit works inclusively in the lives of both Jews and Gentiles, Peter commands that these Gentiles also be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. 44While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell…

April 25, 2021 Fourth Sunday of Easter “Mercy Follows”

FIRST READING              Acts 4:5-12 Peter and John had been arrested the previous day because they were proclaiming the news of the resurrection to the people. In today’s reading, Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit so that he can proclaim salvation in Jesus’ name to the religious authorities. 5The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, 6with…