Posts Tagged 'Apostles'

Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2010 – Acts 11:1-3

It is hard for me to believe that 2010 is almost one-third done. As we approach the fifth Sunday of Easter, the lectionary offers some familiar and favorite scriptures for us including: Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6 and John 13:31-35.

Acts 11:1-3Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him saying, “Why do you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?”

Are we much different today? Don’t we tend to congregate with people who look like us, think like us and believe like us? The scriptures this week challenge us to look more broadly at who our brothers and sisters are.

Prayer: Gracious God, give me eyes that see the fullness of your creation and everyone in it. AMEN.

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Second Sunday of Easter, Year C – Acts 5:27-29

I hope you had a blessed Easter. The lectionary selections for this coming Sunday include: Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4-8 and John 20:19-31.

Acts 5:27-29 When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in his name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us. But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.”

Despite the glory of Easter witnessed by Peter and the apostles, Good Friday must have left an impression that made standing one’s ground difficult. We are heirs of many strong men and women of faith who endured much to bring God’s promise of hope and resurrection to us.

Prayer: Almighty God, give us the strength to overcome any obstacles which attempt to block us this and every day, AMEN.


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