The Second Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 4:32-37; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31
This Sunday our readings link three vital elements of the gospel: the resurrection of Jesus; the forgiveness of sin, and; the church’s fellowship.
We see this movement in the account of Thomas’ discovery of the resurrected Jesus, Jesus’ gift of forgiveness to his disciples, and the community Thomas (along with the reader) is invited into as he believes and discovers ‘life’. The same movement is in our Acts reading. There the Apostles proclaim the resurrection with ‘great power’ and ‘grace’ (forgiveness) and a radically generous community is formed. Our 1 John reading also links the light of God with our ‘walk in the light’ and then describes the result as ‘fellowship with one another’. Key to this reality is the forgiveness of sin.
Our God-won ‘unity’ is a result of the forgiveness of the crucified and resurrected Jesus. It is a precious and costly gift. The church is what results. May we never take it for granted.
You are welcome to gather with us – a Jesus-forgiven community – this Sunday. We will celebrate Holy Communion at St Barnabas from 9:00am and at St Michael’s from 11:00am You are welcome to join us!