Apr 25, 2021: 4th Sunday of Easter (B)

1st Reading – Acts 4:8-12

Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:
“Leaders of the people and elders:
If we are being examined today
about a good deed done to a cripple,
namely, by what means he was saved,
then all of you and all the people of Israel should know
that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;
in his name this man stands before you healed.
He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,
which has become the cornerstone.

There is no salvation through anyone else,
nor is there any other name under heaven
given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”

Last week we heard part of a speech that Peter gave to the people after curing a crippled beggar in Jesus’ name. Peter accused the people of putting to death the author of life. After this speech, in a passage not included in the Lectionary, we are told that “the priests, the captain of the temple guard, and the Sadducees confronted them, disturbed that they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They laid hands on them and put them in custody until the next day…” (Acts 4:1-3).

The next day, where this passage begins, Peter has been brought before the Sanhedrin for questioning about their behavior: “By what power or by what name have you done this?” (Acts 4:7). Continue reading “Apr 25, 2021: 4th Sunday of Easter (B)”