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.
First reading for 2nd Sunday of Easter
The people are at one and the same time afraid and doubting, and hopeful and trusting and choosing the Lord.
Plus ca change
- What helps you step out of your fears and towards faith and trust?
- What holds you back?
- What afflicts or assists others in this respect?
St Thomas. Magdala, Israel. (c) 2017, Allen Morris