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Salvation, Dissension

“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.” Today in our first reading from Acts we hear the story of the first great controversy in the church.  Luke describes it as “no little dissension and debate” so it was a knock-down,...

Peace

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” As Christians and particularly as a Franciscans we are called to not only pray for peace but also to work for peace: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” In today’s Gospel Jesus offers us His gift of peace. ...

God Mad Me Do It

“God made me do it!”  This is Peter’s answer and justification for eating with “unclean” Gentiles in today’s 1st reading from the Acts of the Apostles.  Some Jewish Christians had accused Peter: “You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them.”  We...

Bread of Life, Love

In today’s Gospel God invites all of us to come to Jesus: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw them, and I will raise them on the last day.”  God’s Will is to save all and so God draws all to come to Jesus.  “For God so loved the world that he...

Martyr, Forgiveness, Faith

In today’s first reading we begin to hear the story of Stephen, the first martyr.  The Greek word martyr means to be a “witness.”  In this sense all of us are called to be martyrs as were the first disciples: “But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon...
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