April 2, 2016
From today’s readings:
So they ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
Peter and John, however, said to them in reply, “It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-21)
He said to them, “Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
While Jesus was with them – before His passion, death, and resurrection – the Apostles were an unreliable group. They fluctuated between doubt and belief; they lacked understanding; they were cautious and timid.
The post-Resurrection Apostles were a different breed. They took the gift of faith given to them by Jesus, and followed His instructions to “proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” As a matter of fact, even under the threat of imprisonment, they told those who challenged them, “It is impossible for us not to speak” about the message of Jesus Christ.
We should be humbled when we read of such faith. No one is threatening us with imprisonment or death – why are we reluctant to follow the instructions of Jesus? What is keeping us from proclaiming the Gospel?