Acts 10:34, 37-43
Peter makes it clear to Cornelius that he, Peter, absolutely believes in the resurrection – he and Jesus have eaten together after Jesus died on the cross and was laid in a tomb. This is an absolutely amazing claim and Cornelius is obviously impressed by it as he and his whole household are ultimately baptized. Peter’s testimony is part of what brings salvation to Cornelius’ household. Each of us has our own testimony that God calls us to share with others to help them in their journey of faith.
34 Peter proceeded to speak and said: 37 “You know what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and [in] Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. 40 This man God raised [on] the third day and granted that he be visible, 41 not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”
P S A L M
Psalm 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23
R: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. 2 Let the house of Israel say, “His mercy endures forever.” (R) 16 “The right hand of the LORD is exalted; the right hand of the LORD has struck with power.” 17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. (R) 22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. (R)
Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
It is only in Christ that we can have the fullness of life. This is not to say that those who have never heard of Christ are not alive – it is just that there is more for them to experience than they have yet had the opportunity. This leaves us, those who know and have experienced Christ, with the awesome responsibility of sharing the truth about Jesus with those who have never heard of Him. Let us always seek to do this with humility and never with any arrogance or superiority. Jesus came into our midst in humility. Let us continue His mission in the same way.
1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.
G O S P E L
Women are the first witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus. Women are the first teachers of any child. God entrusted the birth and care of His Son to a woman named Mary. Women have always had an important role in God’s plan of salvation. Let us pause a moment in thanksgiving, not just for the gift of salvation that we remember today in a special way, but also for all the women who have played significant roles in our lives up until this point. Let us pray for them that God will bless them and continue to use them in His plan of salvation of the world.
1 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” 3 So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. 4 They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; 5 he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. 6 When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, 7 and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. 8 Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. 9 For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.
think: Each of us has our own testimony that God calls us to share with others to help them in their journey of faith.
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