The readings for the Easter season show us the impact of the Resurrection.
It starts on Easter Sunday. With the Resurrection itself. The first readings after Easter detail that impact.
It starts off slowly, then it spreads. Beginning with those closest to Jesus, it moves uncertainly. With the Resurrection impacting different people in different ways.
When it finally comes in contact with people outside of that small group, suddenly it goes viral. People who never knew Jesus are being changed by the impact of the Resurrection. Sunday’s first reading shows us just how far that impact will spread.
And Sunday’s Gospel? It shows exactly what is at the heart of that impact.