Posts Tagged 'Tabitha'

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 9:40-41

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Acts 9:40-41Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up.  He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive.

I have read this passage many times.  What struck me in reading it today was the last sentence.  He showed that Tabitha was alive to both the saints and the widows – leaders of the faith and the poorest of the poor.  The power of God was revealed to all.

Gracious God, through our actions and our words, help us to proclaim our faith to everyone we meet today.  Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 9:36

Monday, April 11, 2016

In the lectionary for this fourth Sunday of Easter, we meet Dorcas in our selection from Acts.  Jews in Jerusalem ask Jesus straight out, “Are you the Messiah?” in our reading from John.  Our scripture selections include: Acts 9:36-43, Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, and John 10:22-30.

Acts 9:36Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.

As you will read in a few verses, Tabitha made clothes for widows in Joppa.  Widows, especially those who also lost their sons (or didn’t have any), had few rights at this time.  This caused many widows to end up destitute.

Almighty God, open our eyes to all of the poverty around us.  Grant us the wisdom to help people as we are able.  Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Easter, 2010 – Acts 9:39-40

Acts 9:39-40So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha [Dorcas in Greek], get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up.

I enjoyed this reading because I once worked with a woman named Dorcas. Dorcas was a disciple “devoted to good works and acts of charity (v36).” She sewed clothing for the poor and the widows of Joppa. Give thanks for the persons around you like Dorcas.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for the saints among us devoted to caring for those less fortunate. AMEN.


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