Second Sunday of Easter: Scripture from the Book of Acts – In the days that follow Easter

For reasons I do not quite understand, the first Sunday after Easter is actually called the “Second Sunday.” I am telling you this, beloved reader, because I do not want you to think I skipped a week, or a cog!

Something else you need to be aware of is that during “Eastertide” (the Sundays that follow Easter for a while) passage from Acts are substituted for Old Testament passages.

“When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them,
saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” (Acts 5:27-32)

Filled with exuberance for the Lord, Peter and the other apostles has been preaching throughout Jerusalem about Jesus, who he was (the Son of God) and the example and instructions that he taught to his disciples. They also preached concerning who had put Jesus to death.

Imagine, beloved reader, Peter who had three times denied Jesus was now risking all to preach about Jesus. It is one of the reasons I like Peter so much. He staked everything on what he believed was true and right, not caring about the consequences. One of the gospels relates Peter’s “rehab” from his thrice denial in which Jesus asks Peter to watch over and nurture Jesus’ followers. From Peter’s confession of his missteps to his doing penance to his forgiveness by Christ, Peter’s story is one that stirs my soul.

But it is not Peter as a man that I am taken by so much as Christ and the Lord molding and using Peter. It is what I yearn for myself; in confessing where I have gone wrong I would be given the opportunity to make amends, and then be forgiven and be called to ministry as Peter was.

In the days that follow Easter may Christ and the Lord call you to the purpose that the Divine has for you. Selah!