Saturday in the Octave of Easter
It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:20)
The apostles’ preaching of Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God quickly brought them into conflict with the religious authorities of Judaism, the teachers and interpreters of the law, and the priests of the temple. It is essential to understand why.
The law was the center of daily religious practice and piety for observant Jews. Fidelity, to its precepts, was the path to life and an ever-deepening union with God, its author. The temple was the dwelling place of God on earth, where prayers and sacrifices were continuously offered on behalf of the people.
If faith in Christ is primary, however, in terms of one’s relationship with God and ultimate salvation, what is the place of the law? And if Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is perfectly expiatory of sin, why repeated incense offerings and animal holocausts in the temple?
Christ fulfills all things, and apostles and evangelists and believers are witnesses to all they have seen and heard. You and I have not seen Christ in the flesh, but we know him through faith. We have not had the privilege of hearing him preach to the masses on the hillsides long ago, but he speaks God’s word to us in every Eucharist and whenever the Scriptures are proclaimed. We witness deeds of grace, healing, and mercy constantly through the sacraments and rituals of faith he instituted and renders efficacious. So close is our loving Savior to us!
In today’s passage from the Acts of the Apostles, Saint Luke says: “It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” What wonders of Christ’s presence in your life are you most grateful for today?
Risen Lord, you show yourself to us each day and speak to our hearts. I praise and thank you for your goodness. Amen.
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