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The Sadducees persecute the Apostles

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Acts 5:17-26
 
 
In today’s reading, Luke, pulling no punches, tells us in no uncertain terms that the High Priest and the Sadducees were filled with jealousy, which drove them to persecute Peter and John.  They had them jailed, but neither the literal prison nor the chains of jealousy could bind the intrepid apostles.
 
The Holy Spirit rides roughshod over the pettiness of human nature.  He has only one thing in mind: the proclamation of the gospel message.  The angel commands, “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” (v. 20).
 
It is the message of new life that sets us all free – from jealousy and from all sin which seeks to entrap us and to reduce our humanity.
 
Lord, I repent of the times that I have felt jealous or envious of others.  Ground me in your love, root me in your mercy, secure me in your deep and abiding presence, that I may overcome such thoughts which rob me of my humanity and my vocation.
 
Chris
 
 
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"You are the Son of God"

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Mark 3:7-12
 
Mark told the story in this way, keeping the “Messianic Secret” in order that his readers would accept Jesus’s true identity on his terms, in the context of his entire life and mission.
 
For Mark we are free to proclaim Jesus as our Messiah and Lord only when we accept his way of suffering messiahship along with all the signs, wonders, healings and miracles that he performed.
 
Mark has created a moment of pause, reflection and meditation; so must we.
 
It will not be in the skimming of religious books or in hastening through our religious duties that we will become strong in faith.  It will be in the unhurried meditation on gospel truths that we will grow in holiness and sanctity,
 
How true the wisdom and insight of St John of the Cross who said, “My spirit has become dry because it forgets to feed on you."
 
Finding time to pray, to be still and to quieten our mind, heart and spirit that we may draw close to God as he comes close to us, requires both a decision and effort.  But in making them we will be richly rewarded.
 
”Spend an hour every day, some time before the midday meal, in meditation; and the earlier the better, because your mind will then be less distracted and fresh after a night’s sleep.”  (St Francis de Sales)
 
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