Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May

This weekend is Saturday the 4 and Sunday the 5 May, beginning the Third Week of Easter.  

The monks of Glenstal Abbey sing Cantate Domino, a psalm of praise: ‘Sing to the Lord, alleluia.  Sing to the Lord, bless his name, tell of his salvation from day to day, alleluia.  Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.’  

Today’s reading is from the Acts of the Apostles.  

The apostles had been given ‘strict orders not to teach’ in the name of Jesus.  In other words they were being asked not to bear witness to the Risen Christ.  What do you think the high priest was afraid of?  

The apostles’ response sounds very bold:  ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority.’  If you were to be given such ‘strict orders not to teach’ in the name of Jesus or to bear witness to him how would you respond?  

As you listen to the reading again, notice the fear of the council and the high priest – ‘you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us’, they say – and notice how fearless the apostles are in giving witness – ‘And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’  

What kind of things am I a witness to in my life today?  Is the Holy Spirit a witness to those same things too?  Talk to Jesus now about these things.  What does Jesus have to say to you now?