By Debbie Blue
New Testament Reading: Act 9: 1-6 (7-20)
For Sunday, April 4, 2013: Year C—Easter 3
It’s Influential Man Sunday, with Peter and Paul as the focal characters.
The texts for today could be read as the stories that justify their place in determining the course of Christianity. It’s a good day (I think), to wonder what the story would be like with a different focus, with a few more voices—what about Tabitha who, according to Luke, was herself raised from the dead? Ah well.
What we get is Peter and Paul (mostly.) Almost half the books in the New Testament are attributed to Paul (if not written by him) and half of Acts is given over to his deeds and words. Paul did the theology that has shaped much of Christian thought, though he didn’t walk with Jesus, or eat his fish and bread.
Paul doesn’t talk that much about what Jesus taught, he interprets the meaning of the death and resurrection of Christ. Was it good theology? Why Paul? [Read more...]