Those People (Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 28th, 2013)

Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!)

Gospel

John 13:31-35
Jesus knows his disciples want to go with him, but where he is going, they can’t follow. Instead he commands them to love each other as he has loved them. He reminds them that the way people will recognize them as disciples of Jesus is by how generously they love.

First Reading

Acts 11:1-18
Peter is criticized for hanging out with uncircumcised gentiles (i.e., non-Jews). God’s command, in a vision to Peter, is “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” The Holy Spirit tells peter to go with gentiles, “and not to make a distinction between them and us.”

Psalm

Psalm 148
A song of praise for all creatures of the earth and all people, old, young, meek, powerful, male, female, with no distinction. Though interestingly, the next-to-last line mentions God raising a “horn” of strength, salvation (and by some accounts, even royalty) for the chosen people of Israel.

Second Reading

Revelation 21:1-6
A vision of a new heaven, a new earth and a new Jerusalem. When this vision becomes reality, death and suffering will end; all things will be made new.

WTF? (Breaking down scripture in plain language) 

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