Daily reading: 5 April

Miraculous signs and wonders as the apostles continued Jesus’ ministry of healing and deliverance.

Something to read

…All who believed were together and had all things in common…

Acts 2:42-47

Something to think about

‘All things in common’

In a few brushstrokes, the author of Acts paints a picture of this brave new Church, celebrating the living Christ, embodying his teaching, his ministry and the Kingdom values in their life together. They spent time together as disciples, praying and praising, breaking bread to commemorate Jesus’ death and resurrection. There were miraculous signs and wonders as the apostles continued Jesus’ ministry of healing and deliverance.

For us in our materialistic age, one of the most miraculous things is they didn’t gather wealth and possessions for their own personal use, but chose to share so no one was in need. Sharing puts the focus on people not things and it draws people together. They ‘ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all people.’

These verses really capture the holistic nature of faith. In the Bible personal faith and social action always belong together. Amos told Israel that God wouldn’t listen to their hymns if they didn’t deal justly with the poor. John the Baptist called on people to repent and explained that one outward proof of this radical u-turn was for a person with two coats to give one of them away.

Something to do

Why not do a good spring clean of your cupboards and wardrobes – and give extra coats and other items you don’t need to your local charity shops. Remember to buy extra food to donate for your local food bank when you are doing your weekly shop.

Help to end poverty: there are many ways you can donate to Christian Aid

Young girl pays in a field in Bolivia

Something to pray

Lord Jesus, bless us your Church as we pray and praise, as we care and share in your name. May the world see your costly love and compassion shine through all that we are and all that we do. Amen.

Today’s contributor is the Rev Casi M Jones, who lives in North Wales, with her husband Lloyd, her two sons, Dafydd and Tomos and her mother Sara. She works with The Union of Welsh Independents as Resources Officer for the churches in North Wales.