Posted by: livingscripture | April 17, 2009

EASTER FRIDAY

From the Word of the Day

While Peter and John were still speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple guard, and the Sadducees confronted them, disturbed that they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.  They laid hands on Peter and John and put them in custody …But many of those who heard the word came to believe and their numbers grew to about five thousand.

(Acts 4, 1-4)

                                                       

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In a very terse narration, the author of the Acts of the Apostles narrates what happened to Peter and John after they had called on the name of Jesus and obtained from God the cure of the crippled man.  There are at least three things that strike us.  First, there is the perseverance with which the two apostles, who beforehand were so fearful, in courageously proclaiming the Risen Christ.  Then we note the annoyance of the leaders who because of their guilty consciences cannot bear to hear proclaimed the name of the risen Lord.  Finally, notwithstanding that things go from bad to worse with the arrest of Peter and John, many come to believe.

 

We can truly see that the one working in this circumstance is the Holy Spirit with whom Peter is filled as the text says.  It is in His power that it becomes ever more evident that the crippled man has been cured in the ‘name of Jesus Christ, the Nazarene’ and also that the ‘stone rejected by the leaders of the people, has become the cornerstone of the Church and only in Him is there salvation’. 

 

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let the power of the Spirit persuade me that only in Jesus is my salvation and my life.  When I seek other pseudo securities instead of trusting Him totally, it is as though I want to build my house without any foundation.

 

Lord, make me witness with my life to the mystery of Your resurrection that I am called to celebrate in faith.  Grant that I may build my life on You, my cornerstone of salvation.

 

The voice of Vatican Council II, Gaudium et Spes

 

The Church believes that Christ, who died and rose for all, gives humanity light and strength through His Spirit so that we may respond to our supreme vocation.  There is no other name given on earth to human beings by which they can be saved.

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