United States Conference of Secular institutes


Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

The Greek converts to Christianity were complaining because their people were being neglected. Those who were Jewish converts were in charge and so they were taking care of their own first. A rift was developing and this greatly concerned the apostles. The problem was solved by appointing new leaders and some of these were from among the Greeks. The Jewish leaders were under the impression that you had to be Jewish to be a leader in this new church. We have certain fixed notions and ideas and if there is a change it takes us a considerable amount of time to remove our prejudices. In the gospel Jesus shatters an expectation and assumption when he comes to his disciples walking on the water. In this one gesture Jesus is teaching us to accept what we deemed impossible. Let’s stop seeing ourselves as we are and begin to see what we can become with the grace of God.