Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter said: ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence, today.
This is the stone rejected by you the builders, but which has proved to be the keystone. For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.’
First reading for the 4th Sunday of Easter
Peter’s ministry is distinguished by his making of himself and his experience gift to others.
Tradition has it that Mark’s Gospel, with all its detailing of Peter’s hesitations and confusions and betrayal, is based on Peter’s own accounts of his time with Jesus. And in today’s scripture passage we hear Peter speak of his willingness to help others come to the same belief and faith in Jesus that he has been helped to.
A belief and faith that shapes and helps and raises a life to glory…
Detail from El Greco’s Tears of St Peter. Bowes Museum, Co Durham. (c) 2017, Allen Morris