Week 2: Tuesday

“The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.” (Acts 4:32.)

Saint Basil the Great offers the following insight on this verse from today's First Reading:

“The Christian ought to regard all the things that are given him for his use, not as his to hold as his own or to lay up. Moreover, giving careful heed to all things as the Lord’s, he should not overlook any of the things that are being thrown aside and disregarded, should this be the case. No Christian should think of himself as his own master, but each should rather so think and act as though given by God to be slave to his fellow brothers and sisters.8 But “every person in his own order.” (Letter 22)

Enable us, we pray, almighty God,
to proclaim the power of the risen Lord,
that we,
who have received the pledge of His gift,
may come to possess all He gives
when it is fully revealed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen