Posted by: frburke23 | April 27, 2014

Thought for Monday of the 2nd Week of Easter

Acts of the Apostles 4:23-31

After their release Peter and John went back to their own people
and reported what the chief priests and elders had told them.
And when they heard it,
they raised their voices to God with one accord
and said, “Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earth
and the sea and all that is in them,
you said by the Holy Spirit
through the mouth of our father David, your servant:

Why did the Gentiles rage
and the peoples entertain folly?
The kings of the earth took their stand
and the princes gathered together
against the Lord and against his anointed.

Indeed they gathered in this city
against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed,
Herod and Pontius Pilate,
together with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
to do what your hand and your will
had long ago planned to take place.
And now, Lord, take note of their threats,
and enable your servants to speak your word
with all boldness, as you stretch forth your hand to heal,
and signs and wonders are done
through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook,
and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

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We continue to read from the Acts of Apostles and the early Church during this Easter season.  Peter and John had been arrested for healing a man and preaching about Jesus Christ, risen from the dead.  The elders and chief priests threatened Peter and James, fulfilling what David had said, “princes gathered together against the Lord and against his anointed”. 

Many people would have stopped their preaching against such opposition.  However, convinced of Jesus’ resurrection, nothing was going to stop these disciples – not imprisonment, not persecution, not even death.

Persecution of the Church is happening in many areas of the world.  We can throw in the towel and give up, or we can stay the course and preach the Good News as the disciples did in the face of persecution.

As the apostles gathered together to pray, they asked to be able to speak “with all boldness”.  And I love the fact that as they prayed the room shook with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Has the Holy Spirit stopped working in the Church in this manner?  Of course not!  The Holy Spirit is alive and well – Jesus promised that this would be so.  So do we pray to the Holy Spirit still?  I hope so!  The Holy Spirit wants to shake our churches and homes as we pray, asking that the Lord fill us with His grace.

May we speak with “all boldness” of the Lord’s resurrection and power in our lives.  May our words shake the lives of others so that they too make Jesus Christ the center of their lives as well.

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

Hechos de los Apóstoles 4,23-31.

Una vez en libertad, los Apóstoles regresaron adonde estaban sus hermanos, y les contaron todo lo que les habían dicho los sumos sacerdotes y los ancianos.
Al oírlos, todos levantaron la voz y oraron a Dios unánimemente: “Señor, tú hiciste el cielo y la tierra, el mar y todo lo que hay en ellos;
tú, por medio del Espíritu Santo, pusiste estas palabras en labios de nuestro padre David, tu servidor: ¿Por qué se amotinan las naciones y los pueblos hacen vanos proyectos?
Los reyes de la tierra se rebelaron y los príncipes se aliaron contra el Señor y contra su Ungido.
Porque realmente se aliaron en esta ciudad Herodes y Poncio Pilato con las naciones paganas y los pueblos de Israel, contra tu santo servidor Jesús, a quien tú has ungido.
Así ellos cumplieron todo lo que tu poder y tu sabiduría habían determinado de antemano.
Ahora, Señor, mira sus amenazas, y permite a tus servidores anunciar tu Palabra con toda libertad:
extiende tu mano para que se realicen curaciones, signos y prodigios en el nombre de tu santo servidor Jesús”.
Cuando terminaron de orar, tembló el lugar donde estaban reunidos; todos quedaron llenos del Espíritu Santo y anunciaban decididamente la Palabra de Dios.

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Continuamos  leyendo  los Actos de los Apóstoles y sobre la iglesia joven durante este tiempo de Pascua. Arrestaron a Pedro y a Juan por ver sanado a un hombre y por predicar sobre Jesucristo, resucitado de la muerte.  Los sumos sacerdotes y los ancianos amenazaron a Pedro y a  Santiago, cumpliendo lo que David había dicho “los príncipes se aliaron contra el Señor y contra su Ungido”.

 Muchas personas hubieran parado de predicar contra tanta oposición. Sin embrago, convencidos de la resurrección de Jesús, nada iba parar a estos discípulos – ni la persecución, la cárcel, ni la misma muerte.

Esta presente la persecución de la iglesia en muchas partes del mundo. Podemos tirar la toalla y darnos por vencidos o podemos seguir adelante y predicar la Buena Nueva tal como los discípulos lo hicieron con los peligros de persecución.

Mientras los apóstoles se juntaban a orar, ellos pidieron poder hablar “decididamente la Palabra de Dios”. Y me encanta el hecho que el cuarto temblaba con el poder del Espíritu Santo.

¿Ha dejado de trabajar el Espíritu santo de esta manera en nuestra iglesia?  ¡Prosupuesto que no! El Espíritu Santo esta vivo – Jesús nos prometió que así seria.  ¿Así es que seguimos rezándole al Espíritu Santo? ¡Espero que si! El Espíritu Santo quiere que nuestras casas e iglesias tiemblen mientras oramos, pidiendo que el Señor nos llene con su gracia.

Hablemos “decididamente” de la resurrección y el poder del Señor  en nuestras vidas. Que nuestras palabras estremezcan las vidas de los demás para que ellos también hagan a Jesucristo el centro de sus vidas.

Que tengas un día bendecido,

Fr. Burke Masters


Responses

  1. Amen Father Burke!  I was able to share this message with a man from our church (who I don’t even know) who has to testify in court today against his former employer…. I’ll forward the message and ask for your prayers as well.

    Love & Peace, Rennell

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