Wednesday 2nd Week of Easter
Acts 5: 17-26 – John 3:16-21
“The men whom you put in prison
are in the temple area and are teaching the people.”
It might seem strange
that the Apostles returned to the same place
they were arrested after they escaped
through the help of an angel.
But how much sense it makes
when we understand their motive!
Jesus is God’s “true light that enlightens everyone
who comes into the world.”
And again, “God so loved the world” –
that means everybody.
“Everyone”, “Everybody” are critical words.
For the Apostles and for us,
the love and mercy
Jesus shows us on his cross and in his resurrection
cannot be kept to ourselves.
It’s too big to keep it to ourselves.
It is meant for everybody, everybody we know, everybody we love.
Like the apostles, we can’t give up on anyone,
even those who persecute us or hate us
because of our faith.
We are seeing how our laws and culture
challenge our relationship with God and our faith values?
Our human nature would just turn away
and find someone else to evangelize.
But we must return to that very same Temple
and keep knocking on the door of those cold, hardened hearts.
I find so much strength in the words
that Jesus spoke to St. Faustina,
“The greater the sin, the greater the mercy.”
Likewise, the greater the sinner,
the greater the refusal to believe,
the greater love and mercy
God is ready to show them
if we keep knocking at the door of their hearts.
And how do we do this?
We do it by meeting their most urgent need, no matter how small,
no matter how great.
The more intense their abuse of God’s gift in Jesus,
the more determined we are to pursue them.
But we always pursue them with acts of love.
Actions embody God’s love in us.
Use words, only when necessary.
Be gentle, kind and full of compassion,
looking past their abuses
to the glory they are in Christ Jesus.
Be the angel who opens the door of their prison.
God is with us and loves them so much,
but remember, through us, always through us.