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Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/040716.cfm
When the court officers had brought the Apostles in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, “We gave you strict orders did we not, to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the Apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
When they heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.
They faced their accusers and stood up for what they knew to be true. Their faith made them fearless and strong. Who do you stand up for? Do you have the strength of the Apostles? Do you know the truth? If you know it and believe it you will have the strength. Too many today know the truth but follow those who promise them riches and comfort, not eternal life. Who do you follow?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that when challenged I will always have the strength of the Apostles to stand up for what is right – you. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise and honor, Amen.
The Lord hears the cry of the poor, Alleluia!