Sunday 7 April 2024

About Today Readings

2nd Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting – Psalm 117(118):2-4, 15-18, 22-24. 1 John 5:1-6. John 20:19-31.

An ethos of radical generosity

Today, the relentless chase for personal wealth often overshadows ideas of communal wellbeing. We read Acts and the economic practices of this ancient group of Christians feels particularly radical. Often misconstrued as proto-communist, in reality, they practised something far subtler yet more demanding. The early Church didn’t seek to overhaul the wider economic system; rather they embraced an ethos of radical generosity and availability within their community. Wealth, for them, was not for hoarding but a resource for communal benefit. This approach has roots in the notion of the Jubilee from Jewish law, advocating for periodic debt forgiveness. However, the early Christians adapted this into a living practise of wealth distribution where resources were available whenever need arose. This challenges us to rethink our relationship with wealth and consider a more involved, responsive way of living where our resources are not just our own but a part of a larger, more compassionate human story.

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