First Reading: Acts 9:26-31

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

When Saul arrived back in Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples there; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.  Then Barnabas took charge of him and introduced him to the apostles.  He explained to them how on his journey Saul had seen Jesus, who had conversed with him, and how Saul had been speaking out fearlessly in the name of Jesus at Damascus.  Saul stayed on with them, moving freely about Jerusalem and expressing himself quite openly in the name of Christ.  He even addressed the Greek-speaking Jews and debated with them.  They responded by trying to kill him. When the sisters and brothers learned of this, some of them took Saul down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.  Throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, the church was at peace, building itself up, living in reverence of God, and filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit.

The Word of God recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.