The Octave of Easter is a 8 day period where every day, liturgical, is treated as Easter Sunday. During Easter time at weekday mass, our First Reading will come from the Acts of the Apostles, Luke’s 2nd Volume to the Gospel that he wrote. Two figures will dominate: Peter and Paul. Today’s reading is Peter’s first sermon. He makes the case that Jesus is the longed for messiah even though He was crucified. This is so because He rose from the dead. (Psalm 16 is his proof text) The resurrection makes everything have meaning! The Gospels don’t explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels.