April 18, 2020

Saturday in the Octave of Easter

Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges.

As we bring the octave of Easter to a close, we focus on a fearlessness on the part of Peter and John that would have been impossible before their experience of the risen Lord. To stand as they did before the Sanhedrin that had so recently condemned Jesus to death was indeed only in the strength of the spirit of Christ. It also gave lie to the idea that the story of the resurrection of Jesus was one concocted by the apostles. Indeed, that men who had been cowering in fear behind locked doors could become committed proclaimers of Christ is more than enough proof of the truth of the story.

The answer that the two gave to the Sanhedrin is also addressed to us. Whom do we obey? In our country, we don’t have to worry about being put in jail or killed for our faith. Instead, we are seduced by the hedonistic value system of the world in which we live. We fear the raised eyebrow when people sense that we are committed to Christ. No one likes people who are different, especially when their lifestyle is an implicit criticism of theirs.

The Mass that we celebrate is a powerful reminder of the presence of the risen Lord in our midst. Our sharing in the body and blood of Christ enables us to gain the same conviction the apostles had that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead and that he wished to continue his mission through us.

How can I be fearless today is showing my belief and love of Jesus?

Let Us Pray:

O risen Jesus, deepen my faith in the power of your resurrection. Help me to be fearless, like Peter and John, in making you known in everything I say and do.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.