Season of Witness

Outline of “The Season of Witness”.
We witness redemption, transformation, Eucharist and sacrifice.  We are each a witness who then lives to witness to others.
Palm Sunday and Holy Week reveals how the destruction of the body did not destroy Jesus.  We, too, shall rise for Christ is the “prototype”.  As the Spirit guides us to love one another and reveals the Way of obedience to the commandments, so shall we live the Easter message. 
John’s Pentecost on Ressurection Day 
The Eucharist in the Holy Week readings.
The completion of the sacrifice foretold.  When Jesus opened our minds to the scriptures we began to understand the passion and life of Christ foretold.  So now the Holy Spirit continues to open minds of listeners to hear and believe, to hear and comprehend.
The Acts of the Apostles is a thread to follow.  How did they “act” at the Last supper?  At the Passion?  At the appearance of Jesus in the Upper Room?
How do we, as disciples, now act and respond to the truth? To the story of salvation? To the call to repentance and obedience?
Listen and believe.  Listen and obey, listen and be healed.
 

References used in Season of Witness
Scriptures and the liturgical readings are available at Readings & Catechism
 

Season of Witness covers Palm Sunday- 3rd Sunday of Easter.  See Readings outlined below.

Exodus 14:15-15:1  Easter Vigil required reading of Moses and crossing the Red Sea

Mark 14:8“She has anticipated anointing my body for burial.”

Zechariah 9: 9 “Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, Meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.” 

Acts 1:6-8 “When they had gathered together, they asked Him, ‘Lord, are you going at this time to restore the kingdom to Israel’? And He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times and the season the Father has established by His own authority. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, then you will be My witnesses.”

CCC 1168 “Beginning with the Easter Triduum as its source of light, the new age of the Resurrection fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance. Gradually, on either side of this source, the year is transfigured by the liturgy. It really is a “year of the Lord’s favor.” The economy of salvation is at work within the framework of time, but since its fulfillment in the Passover of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the culmination of history is anticipated “as a foretaste,” and the kingdom of God enters into our time.” 
CCC 1169 “Therefore Easter is not simply one feast among others, but the “Feast of feasts,” the “Solemnity of solemnities,” just as the Eucharist is the “Sacrament of sacraments” (the Great Sacrament). St. Athanasius calls Easter “the Great Sunday” and the Eastern Churches call Holy Week “the Great Week.” The mystery of the Resurrection, in which Christ crushed death, permeates with its powerful energy our old time, until all is subjected to him”
CCC1359 “The Eucharist, the sacrament of our salvation accomplished by Christ on the cross, is also a sacrifice of praise in thanksgiving for the work of creation. In the Eucharistic sacrifice the whole of creation loved by God is presented to the Father through the death and the Resurrection of Christ. Through Christ the Church can offer the sacrifice of praise in thanksgiving for all that God has made good, beautiful, and just in creation and in humanity.”

Mercy Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, highlights the continuation of the Easter redemption

Readings
Palm Sunday
Mark 11:1-10 untie the colt, procession “Hosanna!”        
Or John 12:12-16 The crowd went to Jesus with Palm Branches, he found and sat on an ass.
Isaiah 50:4-7 “well-trained tongue…a back to those who beat me” 
Phil 2:6-11″emptied himself…obedient unto death…name above all names”
Mark 14:1—15:47 or 15:1-39 “alabaster jar…betrayal…This is my Body…deny me 3 times, garden, passion”  Last Supper/Eucharist (only time during Holy Week)

Holy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 Moses Passover
1 Corinthians 11:23-26  “in the same way he took the cup”
John 13:1-15  washing the feet
 
Good Friday
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 “it was our infirmities that he bore” “like a lamb to slaughter” 
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 high priest, “son though he was, he learned obedience” “when he was made perfect”

John 18:1-19:42  Passion starting in garden
 
Easter Vigil
Genesis 1:1-2:2 creation
Genesis 22:118 Abraham tested
Exodus 14:15-15:1  sea to dry land for Moses
Isaiah 54:5-14 “I hid my face from you; but with enduring love I take pity on you” Noah promise 
Isaiah 55: 1-11 “come to the water” “seek the Lord while he may be found” “My word shall not return void” Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4 “who has found the place of wisdom?”
Ezekiel 36:16-17a,18-28 “for the sake of my holy name” “nations shall know that I am the Lord” “new spirit…heart”
Romans 6:3-11 “baptized into his death”
Mark 16:1-7  He has been raised
  Easter Sunday
Acts 10:34a, 37-43 “We are witnesses of all that he did”
Colossians 3:1-4 “Think of what is above”
or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 “clear out old yeast”
John 20:1-9 “Peter went into the tomb”
 Easter Sunday-afternoon Gospel
Luke 24:13-35 on the road to Emmaus 

2nd Sunday after Easter; Mercy Sunday
Acts 4:32-35 “believers of one heart and mind” Transformed by Spirit, sins forgiving, Understanding, God’s generosity, no one claimed any possession was his own, everything in common, no needy person among them
1 John 5:1-6 Begotten by God: Jesus, conqueror of the world; loving God is keeping his commandments
John 20:19-31  John’s Pentecost, Through locked doors, Jesus “Peace”, Breathed “Receive the Holy Spirit”, Doubting Thomas, again locked doors, Jesus “Peace” “My Lord and my God!”  Much more happened than is written
 
3rd Sunday of Easter
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Peter’s speech.    
1 John 2:1-5a  Know him? Keep his commandments; Jesus is our Advocate, expiation for the sins of the world
Luke 24:35-48 Emmaus continued [from Easter pm] 2 report back to Jerusalem and tell of “breaking of the bread”; then Jesus appears, shows his wounds and eats: to prove not an apparition/ghost but truly present.  Jesus “scripture fulfilled” then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures [gift of the Spirit]