Daily Reflection- Saturday, April 18th, 2020
The First Reading (Acts 4:31-21) reveals that the Sanhedrin – the Jewish religious leadership in Jerusalem were at a loss at the boldness of Peter and John in their success proclaiming the Risen Christ. The Sanhedrin had judged Peter and John to be uneducated, ordinary men, not religiously trained scholars such as themselves. What was not clear to the “elite” scribes, elders, and leaders, was abundantly clear to the “hoi polloi” – “the common people”. God chooses to work in and through whomever he pleases.
The Sanhedrin conferred amongst themselves and commanded Peter and John not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus, hoping this would stop the spreading of the Gospel. But the Apostles boldly replied: “It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard”. There is no silencing the word of God. “God’s word is not chained”, (2Tim 2:9).
Saint Peter preaching by Masolino da Panicale, between 1426 and 1427
There is a message in all of this for us. By the virtue of our baptism, we, too, are called to announce the Gospel to the world. And God is ready to work in and through us. We do not need to be something other than we are, in order to begin. God is not bound by our limitations. In fact, where we are weak, God is strong (1 Cor 12:9-10).
Let is pray for the grace of God that we may use our individual gifts and talents to announce the Gospel with the boldness of the Apostles. And may the Holy Spirit inspire us to find it impossible not to speak about the Lord’s goodness to us. AMEN.
Peace be with you!