May 2, 2021: 5th Sunday of Easter (B)

1st Reading –¬†Acts 9:26-31

When Saul arrived in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples,
but they were all afraid of him,
not believing that he was a disciple.
Then Barnabas took charge of him and brought him to the apostles,
and he reported to them how he had seen the Lord,
and that he had spoken to him,
and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.
He moved about freely with them in Jerusalem,
and spoke out boldly in the name of the Lord.
He also spoke and debated with the Hellenists,
but they tried to kill him.
And when the brothers learned of this,
they took him down to Caesarea
and sent him on his way to Tarsus.

The church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace.
It was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord,
and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit it grew in numbers.

This week we move several chapters forward in Acts, to the arrival of Saul (Paul) in Jerusalem for the first time after his conversion. The prominent theme in this passage is the marvelous transformation that the grace of God can effect: even a persecutor can become a disciple. Continue reading “May 2, 2021: 5th Sunday of Easter (B)”