Decorations, flowers, and white you-name-it - everything’s still super Easter-y in church.
Why? Easter Sunday was three weeks ago.
Because there's more to the Resurrection than just Easter Sunday. It’s not just about Jesus. The impact of the Resurrection starts with Jesus. And spreads everywhere.
The first reading shows what that means for Peter. After the impact of the Resurrection (and the Ascension and Pentecost – it’s a total package), the guy with no filter is a changed man.
He’s not just blurting stuff out. Now Peter is speaking about Jesus with a clarity and authority that we’ve never seen before.
If this is all about the impact of the Resurrection, what’s the point of the Good Shepherd stuff in the Gospel? That’s pre-Easter stuff, so why bring it up?
To clue us in to the fact that the Resurrection (and the Ascension and Pentecost) shows us the deeper meaning of all of the “pre-Easter stuff.”