April 6, 2013
Acts 4: 13-21
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. When they saw the man who had been cured standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.
So they ordered them to leave the council while they discussed the matter with one another. They said, “What will we do with them? For it is obvious to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable sign has been done through them; we cannot deny it. But to keep it from spreading further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.”
So they called them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in God’s sight to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.” After threatening them again, they let them go, finding no way to punish them because of the people, for all of them praised God for what had happened.
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Companions of Jesus
We hear in the first reading today that Peter and John were recognized as “companions of Jesus.” The last time Peter was recognized as a companion of Jesus he was denying it three times. Now people are “observing the boldness” of Peter and John. How is it that these early followers of Jesus, who had denied, ran, and hid are now bold and courageous to the opposition? The answer is, they encountered Christ. Even after the resurrection, some still do not believe as Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene and the men going to Emmaus.
Jesus had to go to them as they hid in a room or went back to what they knew on a fishing boat. Christ does not give up on them, and Christ does not give up on us. Let us encounter Christ today in our prayer, in our actions, and in others. Through this encounter we can experience the same resurrected Jesus that helped the early disciples be bold in their faith.
—Brother Pat Douglas, S.J.is Vocation Promoter for the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus and a residence hall chaplain at Creighton University, Omaha NE Click Here
Lord, fill us with divine confidence so we can be bold in serving you. If we truly believe that all our decisions, all our conflicts, all our actions are motivated by our quest to bring your love to all, we cannot falter. We pray that we dream bigger, plan better, and then follow through without procrastination or fear.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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