Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/040816.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.
Gamaliel was considered one of the greatest teachers of his time. What he says is true, that if the movement started by Jesus was not of God it would fade away like all the others. Well it did not. It thrived and grew. Today people are trying to destroy it because they are afraid of the power of God. They cannot hide from His judgement and they cannot kill the movement. 2,000+ years and it has not died. What does that tell you? It says that He spoke the truth then and still does today.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your message is as strong today as it was then, thank you for the gift of your Son. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord, Alleluia.