As more and more Gentiles came to believe in Jesus, ready to become part of the community, the issue of whether they needed to abide by all of the laws of the Jewish tradition became quite hot. Did they need to convert to Judaism to become Christian? Our first reading reflects the decision on how to move into the future. Notice: they believed that if they approached the question prayerfully, debated back and forth, and came to an answer the majority could live with, the Holy Spirit could be recognized in the process. That the answer proved as effective as it did, confirms: the Holy Spirt guided the whole process.

Sunday, May 1, 2016