I added a few more thoughts to our look at chapter 3:1 from last time:
v. 1 Daily time set aside for prayer. Application? See also my posts at www.thecontemplativecatholicconvert.blogspot.com for some prayer strategies.
The hour of prayer for Jews occurred at: 3rd hour, 6th and 9th (09, 12, 3PM). See Daniel 6:10. See also Mark 15 and note the times at which specific events of the crucifixion occurred: verse 25(crucified), vv. 33-34 (Darkness) and 44-46 (Died). See Catechism paragraphs 2725-2733 and my embedded comments from the last lesson. Then look at Luke 16:8 and consider how members of Islam typically pray five times a day: before sunrise, noon, late afternoon, after sunset and before bed. How might that inform (challenge?) us about Christian faith and practice?
3:2 Beautiful gate was probably near Solomon’s porch (see verse 11). But scholars only can speculate.
3: 1-15 Note how Peter and John took yet another opportunity to preach the gospel message after a crowd had gathered. When you have met the risen Jesus, it’s hard to be quiet. Application for you and me?
v. 13 “Servant” (or Son) (probably related to Isaiah 52:13-53:12. Note how often “servant” is mentioned in that Isaiah passage). Consider John 13:5. It is often easier to wash someone’s feet one time than it is to be ‘as Christ’ to someone – especially those of our own household. How many families would not break apart if the husband and wife followed this example, and that in Ephesians 5:22-31 (don’t skim vv 25-31 in that passage).
vv. 17 ‘Acted in ignorance’. See 1 Tim 1:12-15 with Acts 26:8-18; 2 Cor 4:3-6 (note the follow on verses in 7-10. Application?)
vv. 17-26 The gospel proclamation. Note the key words: repent, conversion, sins wiped away, refreshment, don’t listen à cut off from the people, turn from evil ways. Consider now John 14:6 and John 8:24. What might be an application for us?
Continued next time