The high priest rose up and all his companions, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and, filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, “Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.” When they heard this, they went to the temple early in the morning and taught.
When the high priest and his companions arrived, they convened the Sanhedrin, the full senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the jail to have them brought in. But the court officers who went did not find them in the prison, so they came back and reported, “We found the jail securely locked and the guards stationed outside the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside.”
When the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard this report, they were at a loss about them, as to what this would come to. Then someone came in and reported to them, “the men whom you put in prison are in the temple area and are teaching the people.” Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them, but without force, because they were afraid of being stoned by the people.
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Have you ever sat around with brothers, sisters and friends, recalling the days of your childhood or college years? You might have watched old home movies or gone through a yearbook together. Have you ever laughed quite so hard or marveled so deeply that you actually did such crazy and amazing things together?
These readings from Acts during the Easter Season remind me of such times. I can imagine the Apostles sitting around and recalling with great relish the events related in today’s first reading. “Remember the angel in the middle of the night. We just walked right out and began teaching in the Temple again. They came and got us, but they didn’t dare treat us so badly that second time.”
In the Spiritual Exercises St. Ignatius encourages us to remember the good times and recall them, especially when times are not so good and God seems distant. Memory is a gift and grace which can help us remember just how much God loves us!
—David McNulty works for the Midwest Jesuits. Dave and his wife Judy are grandparents of six.
Lord, help us to remember the good times and recall them, especially when times are not so good and you seem so distant.