Faith and Family

Faith and Family for April 17: Easter Sunday


First reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43

Second reading: Col 3:1-4

Gospel: Jn 20:1-9

UNDERSTAND | By Father Greg Friedman, OFM

“There is no tale ever told,” author J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote in an essay on storytelling, that people “would rather find was true.”

The Catholic author of The Lord of the Rings was speaking of the story of Jesus. Today, as we accompany Peter and the Beloved Disciple, making their way to the tomb, we might echo Professor Tolkien’s comment.
Our faith, as St. Paul tells the Corinthians, rests on the reality of Jesus’ Resurrection. We base everything on the truth of the story. But establishing that truth is not a matter of science, history or archaeology. It’s a matter of faith. We must call upon the Holy Spirit, who is present to the Church, to assist us.

In the Easter Gospels, we hear the witness of the first followers of Jesus: Jesus was risen; they had experienced him, alive in their midst. Their testimony in the Spirit moves us to a faith-filled “Alleluia.”

We live in a skeptical age. And yet in his essay, J.R.R. Tolkien pays tribute to the power of the Christian proclamation. He notes that there is no other story which so many skeptics “have accepted as true on its own merits.”

Our Easter Gospel is a story of living faith, in which we are participants, and to which we are now witnesses.


DISCUSS | By Father Dan Kroger, OFM

In the first reading, what does Peter tell his listeners about the mission Jesus gave the apostles?

In this week’s second reading, Paul tells the Corinthians that they should thinks about what is above. Why?

According to the Gospel, who is the first one who went to the tomb of Jesus and found it open.  So what did she do?

ACT | By Susan Hines-Brigger

Fill a vase with flowers and other blooming items from outside as a visible sign of new life. Or just buy a bouquet from the store to put on display.

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