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The Word This Week ~ 12th April 2015

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First Reading: Acts 4:32-55

In this reading from Acts, we are given a glimpse at what life was like in the early Christian community. Power was gained from their testimony of the resurrection of Jesus. What is striking is the sense of solidarity and community that emerges from the passage. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need; all ego was set aside as the group focused on what was important – preaching the gospel.

Second Reading: 1 John 5:1-6

John speaks about being a witness to God who is ‘love’; and ‘life eternal’ is promised to those live a life of loving God. God is now our dwelling place, our home. John further expands on this idea here in 5:1. Each one of us is God’s child, sister or brother to the Son when we confess Jesus is the Christ, God’s anointed One. To e God’s child is to share in this wonderful mutual indwelling or abiding.

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31

At the end of last week’s Gospel, Peter and John, having ‘seen and believed’, left the empty tomb and went back to their homes. It seems that the disciples were not immediately energised by the resurrection, rather they hid away in fear. Even those who had lived with Jesus for the three years of his earthly ministry needed something extra. Jesus appears to them, unencumbered by locked doors, and offers them two gifts. Firstly, peace, this is a good starting point for ministry. Secondly, and most importantly, the Spirit. Armed with the Spirit they can courageously go forth and spread the good news openly,confident that God is with them.

Published Fri 10th Apr 2015 22:31:32
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