When I first read Peter’s comments in our first reading today, the first part of it sounds like he is accusing his fellow Jews, and not very nicely. But that is only the case because it is taken a little bit out of context. This is Peter’s sermon that he gave after he and John healed the cripple. This is the cripple that Peter said “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give to you, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise and walk!”
So Peter is explaining to them the result of what they had done by killing Jesus. Notice, it is not an accusation about them killing Jesus, but is explaining to them the result. This is seen mainly in the very next verse from the reading we have today: “… that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Messiah already appointed for you, Jesus… ”Peter goes on from here to talk about Jesus being in heaven, because this is after the Ascension, and that he is a fulfillment of all of the prophets.
Of course, I have to at least mention what happens after that. Namely, the …read more
Source:: Fr. Frank Jindra’s Homily Podcasts