The first reading at Mass today sees the Apostles strong in the Spirit, preaching the Good News, the kerygma, of God’s love and mercy offered in Christ.
Their teaching sets them at odds with the society around them. Sounds familiar? Read on…
The high priest demanded an explanation of the Apostles. ‘We gave you a formal warning’ he said ‘not to preach in this name, and what have you done? You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and seem determined to fix the guilt of this man’s death on us.’ In reply Peter and the apostles said, ‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men; it was the God of our ancestors who raised up Jesus, but it was you who had him executed by hanging on a tree. By his own right hand God has now raised him up to be leader and saviour, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins through him to Israel. We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’ They warned the apostles not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. And so they left the presence of the Sanhedrin glad to have had the honour of suffering humiliation for the sake of the name.
And now, live as they lived….
Claude Lévêque. J’ai rêvé d’un autre monde. In the Collection Lambert, Avignon. (c) 2015, Allen Morris