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St. Peter

For the Sake of Others and the Glory of God

April 7, 2018

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Acts 4:13-21 (New Revised Standard Version):

Now when the rulers and elders and scribes saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. When they saw the man who had been cured standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. So they ordered them to leave the council while they discussed the matter with one another. They said,

What will we do with them? For it is obvious to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable sign has been done through them; we cannot deny it. But to keep it from spreading further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.

So they called them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them,

Whether it is right in God’s sight to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.

After threatening them again, they let them go, finding no way to punish them because of the people, for all of them praised God for what had happened.

Psalm 118:14-18 (New Revised Standard Version):

The LORD is my strength and my might,

for he has become my salvation.

There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:

The right hand of the LORD does valiantly;

the right hand of the LORD is exalted;

the right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

I shall not die, but live,

and recount the deeds of the LORD.

The LORD has punished me severely,

but he did not give me over to death.

Mark 16:9-15, 20 (New Revised Standard Version):

Now when Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them,

Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.

And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.

The Collect:

We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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We, empowered by God, can perform wonders for the sake of others and the glory of God.  We might not work miracles, but we can use gifts and other abilities.  One person can teach or tutor; another can apply technical skills; still another can utilize artistic skills.  Nobody can do everything, but most people can do something.

Love of God and our neighbors is active, assuming a multitude of necessary forms in the congregation of the faithful.  May we identify and live into our sacred vocations and honor those of others.

KRT

Published originally at SUNDRY THOUGHTS OF KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR on April 4, 2010

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