Monday Acts 4,23-31; John 3,1-8
Tuesday Acts 4,32-37; John 3, 7-15
Wednesday Acts 5,17-26; John 3, 16-21
Thursday Acts 5, 27-33; John 3,31-36
Friday Acts 5,34-42; John 6,1-15
Saturday Acts 6,1-7; John 6, 16-21
The church grows gradually after the resurrection. The followers of Jesus must first meet the risen Jesus, but they’re slow to believe. Those early days, when Jesus eats with them, shows them his wounds, explains the scriptures to them, are recalled in last week’s gospel readings for Easter week.
The gospels for this week of Easter are about another group slow to believe– people like Nicodemus, who comes to Jesus by night. A well-informed religious person, Nicodemus too slowly understands Jesus Christ.
Our first readings this week describe the apostles as they witness in the temple after the Holy Spirit comes upon them at Pentecost.They experience persecution from the temple leaders,yet the number of believers grows.
They’re “uneducated, ordinary men,” to the temple leaders, but they boldly continue to proclaim God’s mighty works in Jesus Christ. Told to end their witness, they cannot. “It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”
Monday’s reading from Acts, describes the apostles’ return “to their own people” who recognize that the temple authorities are acting toward them as they did toward Jesus. They pray, and the Holy Spirit tells them to continue “to speak the word of God.” Those who follow Jesus must experience what he did.
On Friday we begin reading about the miracle of the loaves from John’s gospel, chapter 6, an important reading for the Easter season. The reading, continues into the following week; the mystery of the Eucharist has a major place in the Easter season. It’s a sign the Risen Jesus remains with us.
Readings for the week here.