Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042217.cfm
Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed, and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus. Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them, they could say nothing in reply. So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin, and conferred with one another, saying, “What are we to do with these men? Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign was done through them, and we cannot deny it. But so that it may not be spread any further among the people, let us give them a stern warning never again to speak to anyone in this name.”
So they called them back and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. Peter and John, however, said to them in reply, “Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges. It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” After threatening them further, they released them, finding no way to punish them, on account of the people who were all praising God for what had happened.
The Apostles could not lie. They could not not tell the story of Christ, His works and His words. How easy is it for you to tell your story and the story of Christ? If you were ordered to stop would you? We should be excited and filled with His word so that we cannot hold it in. Are you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I will tell my story to whoever will listen. Your word is on my tongue and ready to be shared whenever I can. But I could not do it if you were not there, helping, guiding and leading me where I need to go and what to say. I give you praise, honor and glory, Amen, Alleluia!
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me, Alleluia!