Wednesday April 14 2021
2nd Week of Easter
Acts 5:17-26; Ps. 33:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9;
Jn. 3:16-21 (Ps Wk II)
During His public life, Jesus had warned the disciples that they would suffer preaching in His name. And He was right. So, in today’s reading, we find that they have been put in prison for preaching the message of the Gospel. But Jesus had also made another promise: “I will be with you always.” And that promise is also kept. The disciples suddenly find themselves free from their prison. What do they do? Go into hiding and lie low? No! They go straight back to the Temple and continue to proclaim Jesus and the Kingdom’s message without any fear.
When the Sanhedrin call for them to be brought to court, they discover the disciples are not there but are told that they are back in the Temple. Soldiers are sent to arrest them but are afraid to use force because the people are delighted with their message.
In the life of Jesus, we see the division between the ordinary people and the leadership with its closed mind. We, too, must be ready to be attacked for living out the Gospel in word and deed, but we need to remember it is a message that people want to hear because it is a message of Life.
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise always on my lips.
Today\'s continuation of our Easter celebration is a joyous proclamation of the great love God shows in calling us to be united with Christ. It is a day to look at our faults and failings and put them in perspective.