Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. When they saw the man who had been cured standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.
So they ordered them to leave the council while they discussed the matter with one another. They said, “What will we do with them? For it is obvious to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable sign has been done through them; we cannot deny it. But to keep it from spreading further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” So they called them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in God’s sight to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge;for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.” After threatening them again, they let them go, finding no way to punish them because of the people, for all of them praised God for what had happened.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Did you ever notice how stymied people become in the face of another person’s boundless joy and generosity. What’s gotten into him? Why is she so happy? Like the leaders of the Sanhedrin in today’s passage from Acts, does the exuberance of a friend or family member make me suspicious? Even jealous?
Notice that in today’s gospel Jesus pushes his closest followers about their “hardness of heart,” since they found it so hard to believe that he had been raised from the dead. What about any similar hardness or unbelief in the corners of my own heart? Can I actually turn over my life to the Risen Jesus and, in quite practical ways, make the joy and hope of the gospel come alive today through what I say and do?
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” Just do it!
―The Jesuit Prayer Team
Risen Jesus, give me courage to speak about all I have seen and heard these Easter days. Renew my strength and commitment. Help me share your life and love with all those I meet today, even those folks whom I would rather ignore. Amen.
Please share the Good Word with your friends!