Saturday 17 April 2021

About Today Readings

Acts 6:1-7. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you – Psalm 32(33):1-2, 4-5, 18-19. John 6:16-21.

…their own widows were being overlooked.’

In reflecting on Acts 6, one commentator referred to this passage as the first example of ‘affirmative action’ for women in the community. How this resonates! The Twelve Disciples were brusquely reminded that the very, very new Christian community was inclusive of Hellenist Jewish men and women who spoke Greek rather than Hebrew. But Hellenist widows – vulnerable women and members of the community – were not being looked after. Great response: they called a meeting, discussed a solution and then, with unanimous agreement from the assembly gathered, ensured that the women were not neglected by electing seven men of good reputation, wisdom and filled with the Holy Spirit to look after them. A by-product of ensuring vulnerable women were treated with dignity was the spreading of the word of the Lord and ultimately increasing the number of disciples – a win-win scenario. How wonderful is it that looking after the vulnerable, particularly girls and women, in our community allows the Holy Spirit to do its work.

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