The first council of the church in Jerusalem that we read about in today’s first reading had enormous implications for the history of the world, far beyond what the participants could have imagined. They were not surrounded by the pomp and splendour of the Second Vatican Council, nor did they have the attention of the world’s media analysing every move. Rather that small group had to proceed believing that, despite the differences and the difficulties involved in reconciling them, the Holy Spirit would guide them on the right path.  So it is with the church today. Doubtless there are difficult days ahead and hard decisions to be made, but as people of faith we step forward trusting that God will bring about the changes in us which will make us more perfectly the People of God in The Church.

© Seán Goan, Let the Reader Understand  www.columba.ie