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FRIDAY ON THE SECOND WEEK OF EASTER

With intense fire in their bellies and with burning enthusiasm, the Apostles were fearless and unstoppable in advancing the name of Jesus. In fact, they felt good that "they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name (Acts 5: 41)." They rejoiced over embarrassment and rejection. Shame didn't matter. Otherwise, they would have retreated early on. To work and serve God was an honor and privilege. They were joyful for being the vessel of divine presence however costly and demanding. Faith in the resurrection of Christ was, in lay man's (secular) terms, a game-changer. Remember these are the same people who doubted and denied him just a couple of weeks ago. Now, what happened was the obvious truth. Gamaliel, a renowned teacher of the law, often described as a friendly pharisee, joined in the conversation, spoke to the people with fervour and asked the officials to let them go. He said, "...have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human activity or origin, it will destroy itself. But, if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God (Acts 5:38-39)." I tell you, this is one of the most chilling texts I've encountered in the sacred writings. Every time I come across this scenario, I get goosebumps. We are told, "both in the temple and at home, they didn’t stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ Jesus." How is your faith (individual and communal) lived and enlivened in the domestic church (home)? Amen.