Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/041315.cfm
After their release Peter and John went back to their own people and reported what the chief priests and elders had told them. And when they heard it, they raised their voices to God with one accord and said, “Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them, you said by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of our father David, your servant:
Why did the Gentiles rage and the peoples entertain folly? The kings of the earth took their stand and the princes gathered together against the Lord and against his anointed.
Indeed they gathered in this city against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed, Herod and Pontius Pilate, together with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do what your hand and your will had long ago planned to take place. And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness, as you stretch forth your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
They were praising God because their lives were threatened for spreading Jesus’ message. Because they did, they were empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak boldly and everywhere.
How often do you praise God for the problems you have in your life? Are you grateful for the roadblocks in your life? Try giving thanks instead of criticizing and complaining. You will be blessed abundantly.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for all that happens in my life. Even when things do not go my way give me the strength to thank you and give you praise and not complain. In Jesus’ holy name I ask for this grace, Amen.
Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord, Alleluia!