The reading presents an ideal of the early Christian community.
Peter and all the disciples are commissioned to bear witness to the good news.
The third “Song of the Suffering Servant” shows us the disciple whose faithfulness is based on fidelity to God.
The old covenant was written stone; the new covenant will be written in the people’s hearts.
The Second Book of Chronicles was written after the Babylonian exile as a reinterpretation of history for the new situation in which the people found themselves.
The Ten Commandments express the central law of the covenant made on Mt. Sinai.
Abraham’s test of faith emphasizes the fact that God demands obedience, not sacrifice.
God makes a covenant with Noah and, through Noah, with all creation.
If the man is leprous and unclean,
the priest shall declare him unclean.