“Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.” vss. 46-47a
Initially, the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem did not imagine that they would be considered the founders of a new religion. They were very content within Judaism and made temple worship a part of their daily routine. They were different from other Jews only in that they believed that Jesus was the messiah. Still there was something about them that outsiders found attractive and they soon found that their number was growing. Later on they would attribute that difference to the change of heart wrought by the presence of the Holy Spirit. They had been filled with the Spirit of the Christ and began sharing instead of hoarding. They even gave up possessions and held all things in common. They understood that there was more to living than personal gain and they treated each day as a gift from God. We are seeing that same Spirit in our communities in this time of crisis. All around, even in the presence of scams and rampant greed, we see people, full of Christ, being willing to give and share with exceptional generosity. And even though we can’t make it to our sanctuaries for worship and prayer, the testimony of our deeds will never be forgotten. We are gaining the goodwill of many!
Thought for the Day: Why does adversity spark generosity in some people?