A constant theme in the readings after Easter is the impact of the Resurrection. How it ripples out from Easter Sunday and into the world.
Looking at the first readings over the last Sundays, you can see a pattern.
It starts out with those closest to Jesus. Both individual disciples and groups of them.
Next it moves out to the crowds who were at the Crucifixion. And even those who worked to have Jesus crucified.
Then it moves beyond people who experienced Jesus before the Crucifixion, to people like Saul.
And this Sunday’s first reading? It shows us just how far that impact will go.
More on this tomorrow.