Today’s reading has two very moving images. This passage comes at the end of Peter’s well known sermon after Pentecost (he begins that sermon by explaining that those who spoke in tongues were moved by the Holy Spirit and not by alcohol). First, after that sermon, God moved in the listeners and 3000 people came to know the Lord, and these people are our spiritual ancestors.
Secondly, one of the ways that God grew that early church was powerful community. Basically, the people were so filled with God that they needed little else, it seems. Not needing material goods, they sold their possessions (verse 45) and gave the proceeds to anyone in need. They fed on God’s word, met together, and seemed to need little else. Giving thanks to God, they “ate their food with glad and generous hearts.” How can I show my gladness today, by giving to others?
I am reminded of Psalm 73:25,
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.”
May we look around at our wonderful earth and what it contains, and realize that what we really have to be thankful for is inside us.