I continue my focus on the Acts of the Apostles.
Today's reading begins with the same verse as last week's reading (Acts 2:14a). It recounts the second half of Peter's discourse on the day of Pentecost. This use of a speech as a means of conveying a theological perspective is a technique used continuously by the writer the books of Luke and Acts.
It is also helpful to remember to whom Peter is speaking. He is not speaking to a church which knows and believes in the story of Christ’s death and resurrection. He speaking to a group of Jews in Jerusalem. These are probably some of the same people who shouted "Hosanna" when Jesus entered the city and "Crucify Him" when he was taken before Pilate. Even those who did not turn on Jesus were probably dazed and confused after the events that had taken place over the previous 2 months.
I heard this described by Fr. Jim Chern as he describes the two travelers on the road to Emmaus who “meet Jesus in their depression - on their roads of sadness, in the midst of their confusion.”
You can find this excellent homily at http://chernjam.blogspot.com/2017/04/guaranteed-fixes-for-everything.html
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