A reflection on the first Mass reading for Wednesday, April 22, 2008 (Acts 5:17-26) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
In the reading from the Acts of the Apostles today, we can see the change in Peter from pre-Resurrection to post-Resurrection. Before, when Peter was faced with terror and fear he took off, he denied Jesus. This time, there’s no fear. He and John simply do as the angel bids them. We see the power that trust and faith in Christ Jesus have.
The difference in the disciple of the post-Resurrection era is that we know that evil can never over come us. It can test us, but it can never overcome us. By hanging on to that we live in the light of the Resurrection. It’s the time of the Holy Spirit. To be filled with that, to stand steadfast in the face of all evil, and to cling to Christ is the victory. If we can focus on that at this time we shall live without anxiety.
We need to keep focused on today. We don’t have tomorrow’s grace, so don’t stare at tomorrow. We only have today’s grace. Go ahead and stare at today, the present moment, for that’s where Christ is.