Thoughts on the First Reading for the Third Sunday in Easter

Witness We Must

The high priest questioned them,
“We gave you strict orders, did we not,
to stop teaching in that name?
Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching
and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
But Peter and the apostles said in reply,
“We must obey God rather than men.
The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,
though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.
God exalted him at His right hand as leader and savior
to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.
We are witnesses of these things,
as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” Acts 5:27-32 The  Church of the first century was almost invariably law abiding, beginning with Jesus’ teaching that taxes should be paid to Caesar ...
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The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Whoever is in Christ is a new creation. II Corinthians 5:17 At the heart of Paul’s genius is one grand, all-encompassing idea that is simultaneously a theology of nature, a theology of salvation history, and a theology of everyman’s soul’s ...
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The Third Sunday in Lent

His Name Shall Be Called Jesus If they ask me, “What is His Name?” What am I to tell them? God replied, “I am who am.” Then he added, “This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I am sent ...
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The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The Feast of The Baptism of the Lord

God's Gentleness He shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making His voice heard in the Street. A bruised reed He shall not break and a smoldering flax he shall not quench. Isaiah 42:2–3 ...
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The Feast of the Epiphany

His Star We saw His star as its rising And have come to worship him. Matthew 2:2 For the Mediterranean world, Greeks and Romans, Hebrews and Egyptians, life was part of a larger system and our lives were seen as ...
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The Fourth Sunday of Advent

When the New Life Began Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. Luke 1:38 The turning of the times from futility to fulfilment may be seen as the ...
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