There was great alarm among the religious leadership, who saw the apostles acting on the basis of a faith (a Saviour risen from the dead) which they regarded as heretical. During the next three days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) we will be hearing a description of the leaders’ efforts to put a stop to the apostles’ work. We are told that the main motive for their displeasure was jealousy. The apostles were attracting large crowds, apart from the fact that they were disseminating a doctrine which the Sadducees denounced. So they had the apostles arrested and thrown into the public jail.
As with the apostles, we cannot acquiesce in a situation where truth and justice are being attacked.
Today we continue reflecting on the meeting of Jesus with Nicodemus. The dialogue has given way to a theological reflection in which the words of Jesus and of the author cannot easily be distinguished. The theme is the relationship between God and the world.
It is not God who abandons us; it is we who abandon him. We are our own judges when we deliberately prefer darkness to light. We put ourselves beyond the reach of his love, which is there and only waiting for us to turn back. On the contrary, the one who “acts in truth comes into the light, to make clear that his deeds are done in God”.
It is not God’s judgment that we are to fear. Rather it is our own choices which can bring us closer to him or away from him; it is our own choice whether we wish to live always in the light or choose darkness.
It might be good for us to reflect today on those dark corners of our life – present and past – which we keep hidden from others. The person who lives in the light, the person of integrity and wholeness, has nothing whatever to hide.
Wednesday Second Week of Easter
Celebrant: We are greatly consoled by the words of Jesus who assured us that he had come, not to condemn the world, but to save it.
May the faith of all believers be strengthened during this Easter Season, and their hope in eternal life made firm. Lord, hear us.
May those who have strayed from their Christian faith, rediscover the beauty and goodness of Christ, and so return to him with thankful hearts Lord, hear us.
May those who are fearful of Christ, or are scrupulous in their religious practices, come to know that Jesus does not condemn them but embraces them with salvation. Lord, hear us.
May the sick and frail aged of our parish be remembered by us in prayer today. Lord Hear us
May the contribution of Australian Catholics through Project Compassion this year begin to have positive results around the world. Lord, hear us.
Celebrant: Loving Father, from all our terrors set us free and give us the joy and peace of knowing that your Son Jesus is with us until the end of time. We ask this through Christ our Lord.