Lectionary Reading Blog for 1 May: 6th Sunday of Easter

LiturgyandSpiritualitySuch a pity that the lectionary begins in the middle of a paragraph: so that we miss the sense that many doors had been closed to them and they were really at the end of knowing what to do when the call to Macedonia came.

It is interesting to read of this crossing from (what is now) Turkey to (what is now) Greece when in our time many are trying to make a similar crossing. But clearly the lectionary would like us to concentrate on what happens in Philippi.

There is no synagogue in this Roman colony in Macedonia. But outside the gates by the river women meet to pray. Can faith get more marginalised than that? The place, where they pray, is on the margin but also on the threshold; a place that might be called liminal, where change is possible. And change there is.

The cosmopolitan woman from Thyatira in Turkey, dealer in purple, becomes the first recorded disciple of Jesus in Europe. She is ‘faithful to the Lord’. Again the story starts with women, just as by the empty tomb. I wonder whether she became the leader of the church in Philippi.

1 May 2016
Acts 16:9-15

This weekly blog on one of the lectionary readings is by Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Programme Leader for Lifelong Learning at Sarum College.

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One Response to Lectionary Reading Blog for 1 May: 6th Sunday of Easter

  1. DPerreau says:

    It seems that wherever women are mentioned in the Bible change happens. This seems countercultural in what has been a ‘mans’world. Outside the gates by the river the women prayed, by the well she met Jesus. They talked as equals about dogs eating crumbs under the table. The woman in the tent laughed. Another disguised herself and hid in a hedge, her baby changed the future.She was an honourable spy in Jericho and saved her family. She was set free from her accusers because the they too had sinned, it was a first she walked free. How will we be change makers through our prayers and actions for our families, our communities.

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