Such a difference in the two readings. In Acts we are told that the Church is at peace. I noticed however the cities named in Acts did not include Jerusalem.
The disciples have moved out of Jerusalem and are now carrying the message all over Israel. People were receiving the Good News. With all the miracles being performed by Peter it must have made quite an impression. People are joining the disciples in great numbers.
Now compare this in contrast to the Gospel. People are leaving in great numbers. What is the difference? Is it the miracles Peter is working? Is Peter not telling them about eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus? Not hardly.
Peter is quick to tell people they are being healed in the name of Jesus as we have learned in previous chapters. But eating the flesh and drinking the blood, this is another issue. Jewish people would not have been so quick to accept this. It contradicts what is said in the Torah. It sounds rather gruesome. So even though they may have been open to the idea of someone dying and being raised from the dead, this teaching they would not be able to accept.
The Gentiles on the other hand, they have been suppressed by the Jewish peoples. Now there is a group coming to them with strange new teachings. What they see and what they hear they do not understand. But the Holy Spirit is moving among them. The message they are given is one of forgiveness and mercy, something they have never experienced.
Everything about this new religion is very appealing even if they do not understand it completely. But the hope of eternal life becomes something new. People living together in harmony and peace rather than war and hatred is certainly more appealing. And so, they become Christian. Tell us more, help us to understand. Teach us. Open our eyes and our hearts to the Word of God.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen