Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
Food For Thought:
The early Christians had this practice of sharing things in common. This way, no one had more than another person, and he or she couldn’t boast about it. This is an interesting concept. All too often we spend far too much time accumulating possessions and taking care of those possessions, instead of focusing on our relationship with God. Think about what things get in the way of your relationship with God or with others.
Shepherd of all, by laying down your life for your flock you reveal your love for all. Lead us from the place of death to the place of abundant life, that guided by your care for us, we may rightly offer our lives in love for you and our neighbors. Amen.