Acts 9:31-42 / John 6:60-69
The period of peace and security can also be a rather risky time. Because we can take the peace and security for granted and become complacent and lose our alertness.
Furthermore, with the absence of challenges and dangers, life becomes mundane and monotonous, and we slowly corrode and erode and lose the sharpness for life.
In the 1st reading, we hear the churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were left in peace.
Yet, that is not all in that statement; it continues by saying that they were building themselves up and living in the fear of the Lord and filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit.
Those were the trademarks of the early Church - building up the community and fortifying it; living in the fear of the Lord and yet with full faith in Him; and trusting in the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
And Peter showed forth the power of the name of Jesus in healing a paralytic and raising the dead.
In short, the early Church was proclaiming the Good News, which also means that it is the message of life and the message for life.
It was the same Peter who in the gospel proclaimed that Jesus has the message of eternal life and they believed in Him as the Holy One of God.
As Church, we must be proclaiming Jesus and His message of eternal life. Yet, like Peter who healed the paralytic and raised the dead, may we too rise and keep walking towards Christ.
It is in proclaiming the powerful name of Jesus that we too will find life and also eternal life.