Have you ever been in one of those deep sleeps, having a great dream only to have some idiot in the neighborhood lay on his car horn. I don’t want to mention any names here, but the initials are Jerome, Richard and Tony. The point I’m trying to make here is that you are starkly removed from that blissful peace and just want to scream profanities to the people who wake you up like that. I believe that is what is happening in our first reading today. The Jewish leaders had Peter and the Apostle thrown in jail for being that “car horn” in the temple. Peter and company yelling about how the Sanhedrin and the High Priest wrongfully killed Jesus and it was time for all to repent and follow Christ. Figuring a little jail time would shut them up, they went off to have a peaceful evening. Along came the angels of the Lord and freed them; they went right back to the temple and starting blaring their horns again. I can only imagine how tee’d off the Sanhedrin and High Priest were.
When the court officers had brought the Apostles in
and made them stand before the Sanhedrin,
the high priest questioned them,
“We gave you strict orders did we not,
to stop teaching in that name.
Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching
and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,
“We must obey God rather than men.
The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,
though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.
God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior
to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.
We are witnesses of these things,
as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
When they heard this,
they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.
My question to you is – do you know someone like Peter who is willing to stand up under the most stressful situations and blare their horn for the Lord. I do…my wife Sarah. She CAN at times be quiet and reserved, but challenge her on her faith and all that she believes in and watch what happens. She has one goal in life and that is to achieve life after death with the saints and sinners in heaven. But not just her eternal reward is on her mind – she pushes me, her children, her family, her friends and just about everyone else she encounters. From the day I met her, she has shown me her fire for the Lord – it’s THE thing I love most about her – the fact that she was (and is) a beautiful woman is just icing on the cake.
My latest example of her quest to fight for what she believes is right happened last night at a school board meeting. As the science teacher, she has always incorporated the beliefs of the Catholic church into the subject matter of whatever part of science she is teaching them whether is is biology, chemistry, physics. She tries to instill in the children that science is not void of religion – that are closely intertwined. To continue on with happened last night, she was challenged by one of the parents to stop teaching “Intelligent Design” – another theory about creation and how a power greater than us is responsible for the creation and being of all things. (That is a short version of the Reader’s Digest definition of ID). They challenged her to teach Evolution – Darwin’s theory of all things great and small. The problem with their argument is she does teach Darwin’s theory of evolution. The Church states that it is OK to believe in evolution but they also stress that to believe in that, you must believe the hand of God is at the source of that evolution. ID, again – I’m talking in general terms here, starts with the basis that there is a God as the source of everything that has been created and they have their proofs and arguments to back up their beliefs. It is a very interesting and beautiful theory from what I’ve been exposed too. I don’t understand and my wife doesn’t understand the opposition to have the children taught a religious based theory on evolution as apposed to a atheist’s view on the subject. So much like Peter, Sarah spoke her peace on what she believes to be right in the eyes of God and didn’t much care that she didn’t have the full support of the parents of the children she is teaching.
I hope I’m making my point here. Peter, having received the gift of the Spirit, trumpeted the truth to everyone without regards to them wanting to hear the truth or not. My wife trumpets the truth to everyone she meets too, whether they are wanting to hear it or not. That is the point I’m trying to make. We are called to live the Truth; we are all called to defend the Truth; we are all called to be that darn car horn in the middle of the night that wakes people out of their sleep.
Do something great for our Lord today – defend His Truth to those who want to challenge it. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.