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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome


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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Acts 4,13-21

They were astonished at the fearlessness shown by Peter and John, considering that they were uneducated laymen; and they recognised them as associates of Jesus; but when they saw the man who had been cured standing by their side, they could find no answer. So they ordered them to stand outside while the Sanhedrin had a private discussion. 'What are we going to do with these men?' they asked. 'It is obvious to everybody in Jerusalem that a notable miracle has been worked through them, and we cannot deny it. But to stop the whole thing spreading any further among the people, let us threaten them against ever speaking to anyone in this name again.' So they called them in and gave them a warning on no account to make statements or to teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John retorted, 'You must judge whether in God's eyes it is right to listen to you and not to God. We cannot stop proclaiming what we have seen and heard.' The court repeated the threats and then released them; they could not think of any way to punish them, since all the people were giving glory to God for what had happened.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Our reading of Acts continues with an account of the questioning of Peter and John by the elders and the scribes after the healing of the crippled man. The author of Acts writes the elders and the scribes were amazed by the "boldness" with which the two disciples of Jesus answered their questions. And they were also amazed because of their low social class: "they were uneducated and ordinary men." Moreover they were Galileans, fishermen. Acts makes note of the force of the two disciples’ words as well as the impact made by the presence of the crippled man, now healed, by their side. The newness of what had happened was clear: what these judges were facing was the strength of the words of the Gospel, which had worked miracles. Hence their amazement at what had happened and their fear of the possible negative reaction of the people if there was a condemnation. So they tried to frighten them with threats. But this time they were not speaking to the Peter who betrayed Jesus in the high priest’s house or the disciples who had fled when their Teacher was captured. The Gospel had changed Peter and John profoundly. After the descent of the Spirit they had become strong in their hearts. The "tongues, as of fire" that had come to rest on their heads in the upper room now gave them the ability to communicate the fire that burns and transforms. Strengthened by the gift of the Spirit, Peter answered the Sanhedrin, "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." It is not an arrogant or even annoyed answer. Indeed, it was very skilful. We could say it is an extraordinary example of how to communicate the Gospel and defend it. Every generation of Christians should make it their own. Peter and John know that they can no longer be silent; they are no longer afraid. Their silence would have been their being foreign to the Gospel. Those who have the Gospel in their heart cannot help but communicate it, even at the cost of their lives. But they must do it in an effective and respectful way. Christianity works by attraction more than convincing.


04/02/2016
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