is fitting and appropriate that the First Week of Easter should concentrate on
the resurrection appearances of Jesus. This it does by drawing our attention to
the resurrection appearances of Jesus as narrated by the different Evangelists.
The variety of appearances and manner in which Jesus appears indicates that the
resurrection is an event that cannot be captured in words. We have to read,
reflect, pray and also wonder.
the beginning of the Second Week till the end of the Seventh Week of Easter,
all the readings are taken from the Gospel of John. In the Second Week part of
the focus is on the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus and the correction of
Nicodemus’ misunderstanding about below and above and the other part focuses on
Jesus as satisfying the physical need of people by feeding the five thousand
and then revealing himself as Son of God to his disciples by walking on water.
Third Week is dedicated exclusively to Jesus as the Bread of Life. In these
readings Jesus explicates how as Bread, he is not only available to all but is
also able to satisfy the hunger of people more fully than any manna from heaven
could ever do.
the Fourth Week, Jesus is revealed as the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Gate. He
comes across as one who knows the sheep by name and cares for them. Others who
try to enter by other gates are impostors and the sheep will not listen to
their voice. They will hear only the voice of the true and Good Shepherd.
Fifth Week of Easter concentrates on the Vine and the Branches where the
invitation is to be part of the vine. If a branch remains on its own, it will
only wither and die. If it remains part of the vine then it will bear much
fruit, fruit that will last.
Sixth Week already begins the preparation for the departure of Jesus by
focusing our attention on the Advocate whom Jesus gifts as his gift to the
disciples and the whole world. The Advocate will not give a new teaching but
will only explicate what Jesus has already taught. It will be with the
disciples, guiding their way and lighting their path.
the Seventh and Final week before Pentecost, Jesus prays in thanksgiving to the
Father for all that the Father has accomplished in and through him. He also
prays for the disciples who will continue to be in the world, that they may
have the courage to witness to that love which Jesus manifested on the cross.
Finally, he prays for all those who will believe because of the proclamation that
the disciples make.
the last two days before Pentecost, we read about the commission to Peter to be
Shepherd of the flock that Jesus leaves behind and that a beloved disciple must
remain until Jesus comes again.