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Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 17, 2016

CULTURE SHIFTS

Our first reading today marks a cultural shift in early Christianity. For centuries, the Jews have been told they would be a light to the nations; that all people would come to Jerusalem for instruction and salvation.

However, these words were never truly realized. Many Jews remained exclusive, defensive and protective – admittedly for good reason. Generations of persecution gave way to fear and skepticism.

But the Holy Spirit always finds a way. . . If there is anything I have learned, its that God’s will has about 1000 different ways it can be accomplished.

Its tempting to focus on the jealously of this Jewish minority, but this reading is not about what the Jews tried to limit; rather, it is about what the Gentiles added.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Acts 13:14, 43-52; Psalm 100; Revelations 7:9, 14-17; John 10:27-30)

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