Dr. Rosemary Varghese, a former Dean, Rajagiri Business School, Kochi, in the South Indian state of Kerala. She regularly contributes articles to Catholic periodicals and her blog http://spiritualdewfall.com
We have come to the finale of this six-part series on The Acts. Part 5 gave us an account of Paul’s missionary journeys in Europe and Asia, pursued by vicious gangs of Jews and Gentiles alike. In Part-6, Paul makes his way to Jerusalem and then to Rome. As expected, he had to fight a lone battle with the Jews on the one hand and the Roman officers on the other. But Paul reaches Rome, the seat of the mighty Roman Empire which was spread across the known world. In other words, he had reached God’s Word to the ends of the earth.
We are about to commence Part-5 of the six-part series on the Acts of the Apostles. In Part 4, we accompanied Peter and Paul on their missionary tours. We saw how Christianity established the transition from the law of Moses, reserved only for the Jews, to the redemption of all mankind through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Part -5, we accompany Paul on his second and third missionary journeys in Europe and Asia and return to Jerusalem.
This is the continuation of a six-part series on the Acts of the Apostles. In Part 3, Peter and the apostles spread God’s word through Judea and Samaria, and they met with remarkable success. We also witnessed the dramatic conversion of Saul and his initiation as one of the foremost apostles of Christ. In Part 4, the apostles move on further with the same mission. It can be roughly divided into two sections: Peter’s journey into Gentile territories and Paul’s first missionary journey to the countries East of Asia Minor. It concludes with the convening of the Council in Jerusalem.
Dr. Rosemary Varghese reflects on the recent Hijab Controversy to navigate the communal division India recently faces right from school settings in the educational institutions to the political propaganda of the fringe groups. She recalls nostalgic memories of yesteryears of children of different faith communities who grew with a sense of friendship. Dr. Varghese proposes a holistic approach where each can feel safe, respected, and treated with dignity.
This is a six-part series on the Acts of the Apostles. In Part -2, we were witness to the amazing events that marked the beginning of the spread of Christianity in Jerusalem. Part- 3 takes us further on this incredible journey to Judea and Samaria, covering chapters six to nine in the Acts. The Holy Spirit continued to guide the apostles on their mission. The account concludes with the awe-inspiring conversion of Saul.
This is Part 2 of a series on The Acts. This narrative seeks to bring out the main elements that marked the beginning of the spread of Christianity throughout the world. It begins with the Ascension of Jesus Christ, followed by the divine outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. After that, we witness the powerful impact of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and on the fledgling community of believers that was rapidly increasing, spreading Christianity in Jerusalem first and later in other countries.
This is the first of a six-part series on Acts of the Apostles. As an introduction, it seeks to place the Book of Acts within the continuum of Biblical history and bring out its significance in establishing the Kingdom of God on earth.