When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.”
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.
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.
“In these uncertain times…”
How many times have I written those words in the past month? Dozens. In emails to colleagues and students, in my prayer journal, in this very reflection. I have so many questions. So much is unknown.
For how long will we shelter in place?
For how long will we be physically distanced?
How many will lose their jobs?
How many will lose their lives?.
In this context of pandemic and crisis, the certainty of the Apostles in today’s first reading is all the more striking. Peter and the others are so sure of their calling, so sure that God was with them in Jesus and that God continues to be with them in the Holy Spirit.
In these uncertain times, how is God calling me to witness the joy and hope of the Resurrection?
Good and gracious God, you raised Jesus to new life and sent your Holy Spirit to be with us. Fill us with the faith and conviction of the early Apostles so that we, too, might witness the Resurrection in our uncertain times. We ask this in your most Holy Name, amen.
—Lauren Hackman-BrooksPlease share the Good Word with your friends!