After the crippled man had been cured, while Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand.
The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, ‘By what power or by what name did you do this?’ Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone. There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.’
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.
A Blessed Fool’s Day to You
Good morning. Your shoes are untied. April Fools… (haa haa haa)
Each year on this day (April Fool’s Day), the above is my usual greeting. People normally look – even if in stocking feet or sandals. Then the response is ..”Really?” “Again?”. I imagine that St. Peter has a similar response. The leaders, elders and scribes continue to challenge the authority of Peter and his followers. Their response might as well be “really? again?” as if to say “by the same authority as the last time you asked.” And yet, more and more people come to believe. The zeal and passion by which Peter shows love for Jesus is appealing. I want to know that zeal and love, don’t you? The desire to connect with others and with the Lord draws us even closer to one another and causes us to fool and be fooled, for Christ. Even in the midst of living out of love this day, be warned. Your shoes … untied… again… Blessed fool’s day to you.
-Fr. Kevin Schneider SJ is the director of adult spirituality programs at Creighton Prep.
Prayer for a Deep Sense of Humor
Let me have too deep a sense of humor ever to be proud. Let me know my absurdity before I act absurdly. Let me realize that when I am humble I am most human, most truthful, and most worthy of your serious consideration.
-Daniel Lord, SJ (1888-1955). Quoted from A Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Fr. James Martin, SJ pg. 210.Please share the Good Word with your friends!