Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042717.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.
The Apostles knew they must obey the Lord. They could not stop preaching any more than they could stop breathing. We are also called to do the same thing. We are called by Jesus to proclaim His word, no matter what! Do you deny Him or claim Him?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I will tell your story to anyone I can. Your love, mercy and forgiveness has made my life filled with joy and I am forever grateful. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen, Alleluia!
The Lord hears the cry of the poor, Alleluia!