Who’s Your Papa
Malvern Minute

 

April 27, 2017 – Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age, alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (5:27-33)

When the court officers had brought the Apostles in
and made them stand before the Sanhedrin,
the high priest questioned them,
“We gave you strict orders did we not,
to stop teaching in that name.

Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching
and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,
“We must obey God rather than men.

The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,
though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.
God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior
to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.
We are witnesses of these things,
as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him
.”

When they heard this,
they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.

Reflect: We must obey God rather than men. The apostles are dug in. Even after having faced prison and the threat of more prison time and death, they are determined to preach in the name of Jesus Christ and to witness that “God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant repentance and forgiveness of sins”. They know the truth, and announcing the truth of Jesus sets them free. They live with the conviction proclaimed in today’s gospel (John 3:31-36): “Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy. For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God. He does not ration his gift of the Spirit. The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, bur whoever disobeys the Son will not see life…” The apostles know Jesus and through Jesus they know and trust his Papa. So maybe by saying to the court officials of the Sanhedrin, “We must obey God rather than men”, what they’re really asking is: “Who’s your Papa?” By knowing and believing in Jesus, we know the Papa; and we know that together they send out the Holy Spirit, without reserve, to provide us with the courage and wisdom to be bold and faithful disciples.

Questions: Who is my Papa and what do I receive from him?  Am I open to the fullness of the Holy Spirit or do I limit the extent of how the Spirit can work in my life? Where am I lacking courage in living and proclaiming my faith and trust in Jesus Christ? How might Jesus want to build me up with his Holy Spirit?

Pray: Loving God, send out your Holy Spirit to give me the courage and conviction to be your obedient disciple at every moment of every day.  Use me to make you known in the world. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

I have chosen you from the world, says the Lord, and have appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. Alleluia!

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