I think our lesson from Acts today is a perfect lesson for interim time. Where we find ourselves in our life together is not so different from where the disciples found themselves on this day in the church year.
Happy Mother’s Day! On this day when we honor our mothers, let’s take a moment and think about what we love about our moms. Anyone want to share a word of what you appreciate about your mom?
I am guessing that a few of us will be giving flowers to our mothers or mother-like people in our lives today. In the world where we use flowers to express feelings, carnations broadly signify love, fascination, and distinction. The pink carnation, the original color of the flower, has the strongest meaning since it’s thought that they first appeared from the Virgin Mary’s tears - making them a symbol of a mother’s undying love.
In the Acts reading this morning we hear about the newly baptized community devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, breaking of bread and the prayers. Many wonders and signs - meaning healings and casting out of demons - were being done by apostles. From all appearances, the early community of Jesus-followers was living together in harmony, sharing all that they had with one another, with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. Sounds utopian, doesn’t it?