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Daily Reflections

Have you ever...?

April 18, 2020

Saturday, April 18, 2020 – Saturday within the Octave of Easter

Acts 4:13-21

Psalm 118:1, 14-21

Mark 16:9-15

Have you ever…?

There are really two questions in today’s reading at Mass. The first is the predicament of Peter and John. They are full of the Holy Spirit and are bold to proclaim that Jesus has risen from the dead. They have no fear of threats or persecution. This is incredible to the non-believers because the religious and Roman authorities had the next move.

During this Easter season, we will follow the Acts of the Apostles and hear of how the early Church met with the accusation that they stole the body of Jesus. We will see how they encountered the living Christ several times before Pentecost. We will read how the Apostles will preach, heal, as well as suffer for the name of Jesus. They go from doubtful fishers and followers to bold witnesses and martyrs.

The second question that comes to mind is “Did you ever doubt – not only the Resurrection, but God’s providence, guidance, and healing love? In times like these, with hundreds of people dying each day from a virus, people have come closer to God, while others have walked away.

Because you are reading this, I take it that you are on the believing side. Despite all that can (or has) gone wrong in life, I hope that you conclude that God can (and has) made a difference. Like Peter and John, you are called to be different. Like all Christians we are called to make a difference in many ways. God asks us to be a living reminder, a witness of new hope and life, by what we say; and do. so, when we go to our eternal reward and God asks “Did you ever…?” “I surely did, in Jesus’ name!”