Acts is as it were the completion of Luke’s Gospel. The Gospel spoke of the work of Christ; Acts tells the story of the Body of Christ, the Church, in its leaders, inspired and animated by the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel remains Good News, and the story of Acts is to continue in us too.
Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil.
Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also to the fact that they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand.
Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name.’
If we have kept the Triduum we too are witnesses to the Lord; we have accompanied him at his Last Supper, in his Passion, his Death and Burial, and now in his Resurrection.
- What have we learnt about him?
- What have we learnt about ourselves?
Image of the Crucified, Risen Christ. Stephen Foster. The carving is found in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Photograph (c) 2007, Allen Morris.