7 May 2022
Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
From Acts 9:31-42, NRSV
In recent readings from the Acts of the Apostles we have heard dire threats and warnings against the disciples. Today’s reading shows that despite the ongoing threat and opposition, God’s work was going strong. In the midst of persecution the people were able to find peace and to grow in number. We are told of two great works achieved through Peter – the first was the healing of a paralysed man called Aeneas and the second the raising to life of a woman called Tabitha. In the case of both, Peter’s words and actions remind us of those used by Jesus when he brought healing and life in similar circumstances. Peter made it very clear that the achievements did not belong to him but to Christ and as a consequence, many more came to believe in the Lord.
- What do you think enabled the members of the church to find peace amidst persecution?
- Who can bring Christ’s healing to others today?
Pray for all who need healing of body, mind or spirit and for those who care for them.
Image – Raising of Tabitha by Masolino da Panicale 1425