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Third Sunday of Easter: Gratitude for the Paschal Mystery

Third Sunday of Easter: Gratitude for the Paschal Mystery

This Eucharistic Meditation is designed to help you spend thirty minutes to an hour in meditation and silent prayer with Jesus during Eucharistic adoration. Even if you cannot be physically present in a church or adoration chapel with the Blessed Sacrament, you can unite yourself spiritually to the Eucharist as you spend this time in prayer.

THE GRACE I SEEK: to rejoice in the forgiveness Jesus offers


Pause for a few moments, and allow yourself to become aware of Jesus’ gift of himself in the Eucharist. Realize that, at this very moment, the Lord of Life is gazing upon you with great love. Allow yourself to receive his loving gaze. You are his beloved child. Rest in his loving gaze.

Thank Jesus for the gift of himself in the Eucharist.

ASK FOR THE GRACE: Jesus, help me to receive your forgiveness with deep gratitude.


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through this passage.

“My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1–2)


Allow yourself to sit with these questions for a while, being attentive to how the Lord is speaking in your heart.

Lent is the obvious liturgical season to think of our sinfulness and need for conversion. However, during the Easter season, we can’t allow ourselves to slip back into sinful patterns! What is one area of sinfulness you struggle with that you want to work on during this Easter season? Ask Jesus to help you. Consider renewing yourself in a daily examination of conscience.


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow these words to wash over your mind and heart. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you through this meditation.

“Then he said to them, ‘Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.’” (Luke 24:38–39)


Jesus longs to calm our troubles with his peace. His resurrected Body, with its wounds, reminds us that he has conquered death and sin. Ask Jesus to help you identify any area of your heart that still doubts, even in the slightest way, that the Eucharist you gaze upon is truly Jesus Christ—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Allow him to speak to those areas with this passage from today’s Gospel.

Remain in silence with the Lord. Allow him to speak in the silence, in your heart. Receive his presence. If it helps, write down what you sense the Lord communicating to you during this time of prayer.


May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. (Collect, Third Sunday of Easter)


At every Mass, Jesus offers himself to the Father for us. We can always join our own offerings with Jesus at Mass. This Sunday, offer your deep gratitude for the salvation Jesus Christ has won for you and his desire to heal your sinfulness and brokenness.


Jesus reminds us today that if we sin, we have an advocate before our Heavenly Father—Jesus Christ, who was sent as expiation for our sins. He has given us the beautiful sacrament of confession to seek forgiveness for the sins we have committed. Make it a goal to go to confession sometime in the next week, and prayerfully consider inviting a friend or family member to go with you so that they, too, may experience God’s merciful love!

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