Posted by: livingscripture | April 16, 2010

Second Friday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 They left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.  And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.

                                        Acts 5: 41-42

 How should we live this Word

 The Acts continue to recount the will of the Sanhedrin to impede the first Christians from spreading the Gospel.  However, Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, had the courage to intervene in favor of the Christians.  His words are full of wisdom.  ‘If this new doctrine comes from human origin, it will destroy itself.  But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.’  They were persuaded by him and the Christians were set free, not with affectionate words certainly, but after having been flogged and beaten.

And here is the surprising reality.  Don’t think that the Christians go away sadly or downtrodden. Nor do they struggle to withhold themselves from cursing those who have treated them so badly.  Rather, they are the prototype of a lived faith.  They reveal their joy in being able to conform themselves to the Lord and Master who had preceded them in the ignominy of the passion and the cross.   This was pure, infinite love!  They go ahead joyfully to announce that Jesus is the Christ, the long awaited Savior.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will stop to perceive the beauty of these faces, the eloquence of their behavior as witnesses of the Crucified and Risen Christ.  I will ask myself if I have the strength to joyfully witness that being criticized and denigrated because of my Christian faith takes nothing away from me.  Rather it nourishes my dignity and therefore, my joy.

 Lord, infuse Your Spirit within me with His gift of strength.  Give me a joyful face of one who has been saved!

 The voice of Nick Vujicic, a young contemporary witness

 Take heart friend, because the battle is the Lord’s and I exhort you to fight for the truth.  The truth will set you free and the peace of God that surpasses all intelligence will reign in your heart.  The Lord blesses you as you diligently seek Him and grants you wisdom and strength that will be useful on the journey.


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