GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD…

Acts 5:17-26

17 But the high priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and filled with jealousy 

18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the common prison. 19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out and said, 20 “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” 21 And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and taught. 

Now the high priest came and those who were with him and called together the council and all the senate of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, and they returned and reported, 23 “We found the prison securely locked and the sentries standing at the doors, but when we opened it we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were much perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to. 25 And some one came and told them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” 26 Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but without violence, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people. 

John 3:16-21

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 

18 He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God.

MEDITATION

THE FIRST READING recounts a mysterious event that saw the incarcerated apostles exit their prison cell at night without the gates being opened aided by an angel who called them to go preach the good news in the temple with words and actions how we aught to live this life in Christ in preparation for life eternal. We notice that the apostles raised no objections to the instruction to teach the faith irrespective of the possible consequences when we consider that the authorities were out to shut down the message of salvation!The mystery of the escape left the temple officials gobsmacked to the extent that they released the apostles without further ado, for now!

THE GOSPEL READING begins with a beautiful discourse that Christians have embraced and internalized that saw many of God’s children desire to love and know God. Faith in a divine omniscient God is a gift that has been passed down to us by others who have come before us. Faith is a free response of man to the initiative of God who revealed Himself to man, illuminating our interior as we search for the meaning of our lives.To have faith in God requires our “believe” in Gods omniscient love  who calls us to be in communion’ with Him. Our proffesion of faith in the “I believe” Apostles or Nicene Creed we continuesly pray embody the Church’s witness response to God when she assembles the faithful, teaches the faith and makes Christ present in the Holy Sacraments. 

Catechism 27 “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for.”…29 But this “intimate and vital bond of man to God” can be forgotten, overlooked, or even explicitly rejected by man. Such attitudes can have different causes: revolt against evil in the world; religious ignorance or indifference; the cares and riches of this world; the scandal of bad example on the part of believers; currents of thought hostile to religion; finally, that attitude of sinful man which makes him hide from God out of fear and flee his call.”

To “believe” is thus much more than a once off mental assent of faith to God because it is predicated on our response to God’s love which necessitates our obedience and submission to His commands as taught, practiced and lived out in the Sacraments (covenants) by the Church He established.

LET US PRAY: Psalms 34:2-9

2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and be glad. 

3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! 

4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. 

5 Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed. 

6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 

7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. 

8 O taste and see that the LORD is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him! 

9 O fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no want! 

catholicwitnessct@gmail.com    Henry R SYLVESTER              

Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days of saints around the world.

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