Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/041715.cfm
A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time, and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel, be careful what you are about to do to these men. Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important, and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed, and all those who were loyal to him were disbanded and came to nothing. After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census. He also drew people after him, but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered. So now I tell you, have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” They were persuaded by him. After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged, ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them. So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.
This religion did not die, because the founder was God. For centuries His name has been proclaimed, people have believed and the faith has spread. In our time, people are saying that this faith is not real. That it spreads lies not truth. But if you take the word of Gamaliel this faith has lived because it is from God. It lives, just as Jesus lives. We too should rejoice when we are questioned and when the time comes, persecuted. What is your faith? Would you be found guilty of being a Christian if you were taken in front of a court? How you live your life is your witness, what are you saying?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son and the faith he brought to this world. May I always live my life as you have taught so that I may be known as your follower. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord, Alleluia!