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First Reading for the Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Easter

Acts 4:32-37

Summary: The believers shared everything, seeing no possession as purely their own. This unity allowed them to meet everyone's needs, with acts of generosity like Barnabas selling property to support the community.

Unity and Generosity

The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the Apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.

Thus Joseph, also named by the Apostles Barnabas (which is translated “”son of encouragement””), a Levite, a Cypriot by birth, sold a piece of property that he owned, then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.

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