Right from the beginning of Luke’s two volume work (Luke-Acts), he has faithful, devoted Jews, Anna & Simeon offer prophecies about Jesus. By Gospels’ end, the prophecies are fulfilled. Early in the Acts of the Apostles, in the verses omitted in our 1st reading, Gamaliel, a wise Jewish leader and member of the Sanhedrin offers advice, a prophecy that will be fulfilled by the end of Acts. " So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God." Did you know that in Christian tradition, Gamaliel and his son eventually converted to Christianity, were baptized by Peter and John, and that Gamaliel is venerated as a saint?

Monday, April 11, 2016