Wrath of God

A wrath-like kind of photo

Greetings on this the Thursday of the Second Week of Easter
Readings: Acts 5:27-33; PS 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20; Jn 3:31-36

Note: A light reflection today.

My sister repeated this saying many times when we were growing up:

What Peter says about Paul,
says more about Peter than about Paul.

Smart girl.

The Sanhedrin were a very upset group.
From their perspective the Apostles do several things.

  1. Disobedient to the leadership.
  2. Bringing the blood guilt upon the leadership for Jesus’ death.

We have read other accusations over the past few days but this is sufficient for the point.

From the Apostles perspective.

  1. Obedient to God.
  2. Not blood guilt, freedom in the blood of the Savior.
  3. Call out the leadership’s responsibility for the death of Jesus.
  4. Jesus is the true leader.

What a mess.

The responsorial psalm calls us to return to the basics.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

  • The Lord is good and we should take refuge in him.
  • The Lord confronts evildoers.
  • The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

One should take care to note this. Evildoers can also be brokenhearted.
In fact they often are and their actions and words reflect the pain.

Gospel

God does not ration his gift of the Spirit!
God is trustworthy.

Whether you are a transmitter of evil or a victim of evil and/or most likely both, God is trustworthy and seeks your wellbeing.

The wrath of God is the activity of God to help a person to get right and to be pure.

Castigare in the Latin.

Here is the thought for today.

  • What I do is my responsibility.
  • What I think is my own creation.

God stands in the breach to reconcile to himself and to one another.

The Sanhedrin are too worried about the Apostles rather they should worry about God’s castigare.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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