On the day of Pentecost Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed the crowd in a loud voice: ‘The whole House of Israel can be certain that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.’
Hearing this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the apostles, ‘What must we do, brothers?’ ‘You must repent,’ Peter answered ‘and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise that was made is for you and your children, and for all those who are far away, for all those whom the Lord our God will call to himself.’
He spoke to them for a long time using many arguments, and he urged them, ‘Save yourselves from this perverse generation.’
They were convinced by his arguments, and they accepted what he said and were baptised. That very day about three thousand were added to their number.
In the first reading at Mass today we hear of how, from the beginning of the Church, Peter reached out beyond the obvious membership of the community to those who seemed the least obvious candidates.
Even participation in the crucifixion of Jesus is no bar to receiving the grace he promises, says the man who betrayed Jesus in his hour need. Peter knows of what he speaks.
Peter called those who lives were marked by death and sin to turn to life…
Easter continues to call us and all to make the same choice
Olive branches – symbol of reconciliation and healing. Villeneueve les Avignon. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.