and, filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, “Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.”
We will be opposed in this life. Whether it is opposition to the way we live, our personal convictions, or the creed we profess as Christians, there will always be those who will stand against us. Some might do so out of ignorance. Others out of malice or jealousy. No matter the reason, we must be willing to suffer their slings and arrows of our enemies and bear the standard of our Christian responsibilities and duties. We cannot allow ourselves to be intimidated into silence or inaction. Instead, as the opposition in our lives grows, so must our faith in God’s Divine Plan, our hope in His Justice and Mercy, and our love of God and neighbor. Our rightful place is to go to where the people are and proclaim everything about the Good News of Christ’s life, passion, death, and resurrection.
Who are the people standing in the way of our faith? How can we come to love them enough to overcome their ignorance, malice, and jealousy? What are we doing to proclaim the Word of God right now?
O Lord, open the doors of our hearts that we might give witness to you.