One idea that runs through the readings for the Easter season is the impact of the Resurrection.  How it ripples out from Easter Sunday. 

Looking at the readings from Acts (the first readings) over the last few weeks, the pattern gets clearer. 

It starts out with those closest to Jesus.  It impacts both individual disciples and groups of them.  It moves out to the crowds who were present 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 week’s first reading?  It shows us just how far that impact will go.  

More on this tomorrow.  Readings for Sunday: