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April 16, 2021

Acts 5: 34-42

But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. Then he said to them, “Fellow Israelites, consider carefully what you propose to do to these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and disappeared. 

After him Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!” 

They were convinced by him, and when they had called in the apostles, they had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

From where do we draw our strength?

From where do we draw our strength?  Quite a bit of time is spent praying about how strong and powerful God is.  And while I would never claim that those terms are not true about this mystery we call “God,” I must admit something: in recent years, those descriptions of God haven’t helped my prayer.  It hasn’t drawn me closer to God.  I have come to understand that I don’t want God “out there”; I don’t want God to fix my problems. Or the world’s problems.  Rather, I just want God to be right next to me; actually, not just next to me.  I want God to be in it all with me — in the good times and those times that are filled with muck and mess.  I pray that God will be with me; at work in me.

From where do we draw our strength?  We draw it from he same source which the Apostles draw from in today’s reading from Acts.  From the same source that filled us with joy a few weeks ago on Easter Sunday.  The same source that remains with us as our lives return to a more normal pace.  Our lives that proclaim the Christ, Jesus.

—Jim Bozik is a permanent deacon at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

Prayer

Father in heaven,
you have given us a mind to know you,
a will to serve you,
and a heart to love you.
Be with us today in all that we do,
so that your light may shine out in our lives.

—St. Thomas More


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April 16, 2021

Acts 5: 34-42

But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. Then he said to them, “Fellow Israelites, consider carefully what you propose to do to these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and disappeared. 

After him Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!” 

They were convinced by him, and when they had called in the apostles, they had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

From where do we draw our strength?

From where do we draw our strength?  Quite a bit of time is spent praying about how strong and powerful God is.  And while I would never claim that those terms are not true about this mystery we call “God,” I must admit something: in recent years, those descriptions of God haven’t helped my prayer.  It hasn’t drawn me closer to God.  I have come to understand that I don’t want God “out there”; I don’t want God to fix my problems. Or the world’s problems.  Rather, I just want God to be right next to me; actually, not just next to me.  I want God to be in it all with me — in the good times and those times that are filled with muck and mess.  I pray that God will be with me; at work in me.

From where do we draw our strength?  We draw it from he same source which the Apostles draw from in today’s reading from Acts.  From the same source that filled us with joy a few weeks ago on Easter Sunday.  The same source that remains with us as our lives return to a more normal pace.  Our lives that proclaim the Christ, Jesus.

—Jim Bozik is a permanent deacon at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

Prayer

Father in heaven,
you have given us a mind to know you,
a will to serve you,
and a heart to love you.
Be with us today in all that we do,
so that your light may shine out in our lives.

—St. Thomas More


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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