Weekly readings in May/June 2012

Fifth Week of Eastertide

Wednesday 1 May

Acts 15.1-6; Psalm 121; John 15.1-8

The question of circumcision comes in for review as the early Christian community expands beyond the confines of Judaism. This ancient ritual served to distinguish the people of God from foreigners and aliens (Exodus 12.43-49) as a sign of the special covenant between God and his people (Genesis 17.10-14). However Paul comes to recognise that it is an empty sign if not accompanied by interior conversion of the heart, and to acknowledge that in Christ there is no more distinction between Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female (Galatians 3.28).

All who make their home in Christ through faith confirmed in baptism are joined to him and draw life from him as the branches of a vine.

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