Friday, May 04, 2012
Raising Up Jesus
May 4, 2012
Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
By Melanie Rigney
(Paul said in the synagogue :) “We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you that what God promised our fathers he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second psalm, You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.” (Acts 13:32-33)
“Ask of me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession. You shall rule them with an iron rod; you shall shatter them like an earthen dish.” (Psalms 2:8-9)
Jesus said to (Thomas), “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”(John 14:6)
Jesus, set me on fire. Let my tongue be loosed with the story of the Good News.
Forget about Hunger Games, The Cabin in the Woods, Three Stooges, or anything you can get on demand at home. Acts of the Apostles is truly one of the most amazing stories ever told. Set on fire by the Holy Spirit, the disciples go on a holy tear. They perform miracles of healing and raising from the dead. They inspire conversions. They demand that the Romans tolerate their emerging religion in the same way that Judaism is tolerated. At least one of them is martyred. They don’t stop to gloat or their victories or lick their wounds over their defeats. They just keep going.
It’s easy to sit back and let our more evangelically minded friends take the lead in proclaiming the good news. After all, we can lead by example as well, right? Didn’t St. Francis of Assisi or someone say to preach the Gospel and use words when necessary? Don’t we do Christ’s work in our quiet ministries and study?
Of course we do. But we’re also called to emulate those crazy disciples who didn’t care about what other people would say about their actions or about what would happen as a result of those actions. They put aside those earthly concerns and focused on the ways they could bring souls to the kingdom, because Jesus had told them he was the only way to the Father and they wanted everyone to have a piece of the action. Yes, they were crazy. Crazy in love with God. Are you?
Today, do something outside your comfort zone to lead a soul to the kingdom.