The first step early Christians took to create their intentional, caring communities was to do something serious about the economic inequalities among themselves. As soon as the church was born at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-41), its members began to share their resources: “They would sell pieces of property and possessions and...

God, may the first Christians remind us that caring includes wealth as well as words. Amen.

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Lectionary Week
April 1–7, 2024
Scripture Overview

The earliest followers of Jesus faced the challenge of creating communities unlike any that had existed before. This was an amazing opportunity because they had the chance to build communities from the ground up, creating more open, intentional, and caring fellowships than they had known before. But it was also daunting. They sought to build their new communities in a politically, socially, and religiously hostile world where they were not guaranteed success. Each of the New Testament texts this week reveals early Christians struggling to form new communities, make them whole and healing spaces, strengthen them to survive the harshest threats, and build them to endure. Because of their courage, we still live in Christian communities of all kinds, and we continue to find ways to make them caring communities.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Acts 4:32-35. In what ways does your Christian community extend generosity to those within and those beyond the community?
Read Psalm 133. How do you experience God’s extravagant love for you? What is your response to this love?
Read 1 John 1:1–2:2. What experience of Christ have you “heard . . . seen . . . looked at . . . touched”? How do you share your experience of the risen Christ with others?
Read John 20:19-31. How do you relate to Thomas’s desire for tangible proof of the Resurrection?

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