Fifth Sunday of Easter
1 Peter 2:2-10
The world changed. There’s no going back to “normal” — only a march toward some kind of new normal that hasn’t fully revealed itself. Society is restructuring to figure out how to meet people’s basic needs, but a lot of people suffer and die in the process. Some people cover their ears, grab weapons and mob the truth tellers like Stephen. With all of the post-resurrection upheaval, life must have been so disorienting, overwhelming and exhausting for the early church.
Acts describes a community in transition that’s trying to figure out how to live in light of the ongoing revelation of God. Spoiler alert – they weren’t the first and they aren’t the last to embark on this journey. In the epistle lesson, Peter compares that community to spiritual infants. Figuring out how to order our lives seems to be the eternal Judeo-Christian project. Read more