Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Fourth Sunday of Easter - April 17, 2016

Introductions for Readers

Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Acts 9:36-43

Peter is visiting the coastal region to the northwest of Jerusalem. He is near modern Tel Aviv. There he meets people who are already Christians. In Lydda, he has been instrumental in healing a paralysed man. He has said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you!”.

Revelation 7:9-17

The Lamb, whom we recognize as Christ, has, in opening six of the seven seals on the scroll, revealed events in God’s plan for the end-times. Our reading is a vision of the fate of the faithful. While they will suffer during the final events of this era, they will survive; in fact, God will give them eternal life.

John 10:22-30

It is the time of Hanukkah, when Jews commemorate the rededication of the Temple after it had been desecrated. Jesus has earlier told people that he is divine and that he existed before Abraham. While what he does witnesses to his oneness with God, only those who believe can understand his Messiahship.

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