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Friday, April 24, 2020 - Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 1
        
The author, Luke, shows that he is a good teacher. He reviews the material he already presented in the Gospel he wrote. Luke addressed both books to “Theophilus.” This may have been a person or it may be a name representing all believers; “Theophilus” means “Lover of God”- that’s us. Luke makes it clear that the disciples are to be witnesses to what Jesus said and did; they are to continue His ministry. As the Holy Spirit filled Jesus when He began His ministry at His Baptism, Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will come to the disciples as they take up His ministry.

Luke tells us that the first Christian community was made up of the Apostles, Jesus’ Mother Mary, some other women and relatives of Jesus. They gathered, as we gather, “with one accord- united in faith” and in prayer. As Acts continues we will see how the power of God increases the community as the Word of God spreads far and wide through the disciples’ ministry. And the community is still increasing today with adults, young people, children and even infants initiated through the ministry of Jesus continued in the Sacraments we celebrate.

In chapter 1, Peter assumes the role of unifying leadership, reminding the community that someone must take the place of Judas. It was important that the Apostles numbered 12 since they represented the People of God first formed from the 12 tribes of Israel. The most important condition for the replacement was that he be an eyewitness to the words and works of Jesus. The reason was that an eyewitness would be believable when he spoke of the Lord’s power and mercy, life death and rising. Chapter 1 sets the stage for the further unfolding of God’s plan in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Something to consider: We too are eyewitnesses to the Lord Jesus:
What words has Jesus spoken to you in your life? Life-changing words?
What works has Jesus done in you, for you and through you for your good and the good of others? Talk with the Lord about it.


Homework for Friday: Read Chapters 2 + 3
 
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