The first reading at Mass today, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, the Octave Day of Easter, speaks of the city of Jerusalem, and the community of Judea, responding with enthusiasm to the ministry of the Apostles.
The faithful all used to meet by common consent in the Portico of Solomon. No one else ever dared to join them, but the people were loud in their praise and the numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily. So many signs and wonders were worked among the people at the hands of the apostles that the sick were even taken out into the streets and laid on beds and sleeping-mats in the hope that at least the shadow of Peter might fall across some of them as he went past. People even came crowding in from the towns round about Jerusalem, bringing with them their sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and all of them were cured.
A community can be united for good or for ill. On Palm Sunday we heard of Jerusalem united first in praise of the Lord, and then shrieking for his death. Now, again, the city is united in its eagerness to recieve and share blessing.
- With whom do you join forces?
- And to what effect?
- Where do you discern the Church ministering ‘signs and wonders’ now?
- How might you play a part in this work too?
Images of City. Coventry Cathedral. (c) 2013, Allen Morris