Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. When they saw the man who had been cured standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.
So they ordered them to leave the council while they discussed the matter with one another. They said, “What will we do with them? For it is obvious to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable sign has been done through them; we cannot deny it. But to keep it from spreading further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.”
So they called them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in God’s sight to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge;for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.” After threatening them again, they let them go, finding no way to punish them because of the people, for all of them praised God for what had happened.
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.
Our first readings on weekdays throughout the Easter season typically come from the Acts of the Apostles, which is written by Luke and picks up at the Ascension where Luke’s Gospel leaves off. In Acts, we read about the apostles’ works in the early church. In the midst of persecution, they taught, healed the sick, cured the afflicted, and spread the good news of Jesus.
Today we read about Peter and John who are brought before the Jewish leaders and questioned a man they had healed. They have spoken with wisdom and authority, but the authorities can’t get past the fact that they are “ordinary and uneducated men.” We often think of the apostles as being great and holy, but that forgets the fact that they began as ordinary people.
In the apostles, God chose to use “ordinary and uneducated” people, filled them with the Holy Spirit, and asked them to be co-laborers in the kingdom. Today, God does the same thing. Each of us, in all of our ordinariness, is invited to respond to God’s invitation to spread the good news. How will you respond?
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Lord Jesus, you gathered ordinary men and women around you as disciples during your lifetime and equipped them to build your church in its early days. Use me, just as I am, to build your kingdom in the world around me today, so that I may follow in the apostles footsteps. Amen.
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