Fri 21st April 2017

Friday of Easter Week
Acts. 4:1-12
Ps. 118(117):1-2,4,22-24,25-27a
Jn. 21:1-14   (Psalter proper)

In the first reading, we observe the contrasting manner in which the ordinary people responded to the preaching of Peter, as opposed to the rulers, elders, scribes and priests.

Many among the people, which included 5,000 men, heard the word and believed. The rich, learned and powerful, who were “greatly disturbed”, responded by arresting and placing the apostles in prison.

At the ensuing trial, Peter, empowered by the Holy Spirit, preached that it is only through the Name of Jesus will humanity be saved. No other name or power can save us. Neither can any amount of wealth, possessions or titles. Only our belief in him and our faithfulness to his word will.

In the Gospel, when his disciples were fascinated by the splendour and immensity of the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus told them that what we think in human terms as being great and mighty will become nothing one day. Riches, power and titles will not protect us when the Risen Lord returns.

Jesus praised the poor widow because she gave all she had to God. At the end of time when Jesus returns, what will He praise us for? That we, like the rulers, elders, scribes and priests, kept and safeguarded the Law? That we, like the rich in the Gospel, gave plenty of money to the Church? That we, like King Herod, constructed a magnificent building or carried out church projects and plans? What do you think Jesus will praise you for?

Lord, help me to believe in You and be faithful to Your word. Enable me to live by Your will always.