Readings:

Acts 5: 27-33
John 3: 31-36

Reflection:

Our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles shows us how confronting things were for the early Christian community. It is remarkable to see Peter speaking out with such conviction and a reminder to us all what transformation means. Peter was a close follower of Jesus until he lost courage as Jesus’ journey to Calvary became more real. He denied his leader, fear took hold of him, and he weakened in the face of challenges. 

When I look back, I know there have been times when I have remained silent because of fear when I should have spoken. Perhaps this is your experience too? Yet, I take heart from Peter. Peter has his courage restored and he is now able to speak his truth from the heart and with conviction. This is a great encouragement to each one of us and I pray that I will always have the confidence and the courage to speak the truth especially in the face of injustice and discrimination.

In the Gospel John is pointing to Jesus being the one who speaks the truth, he is the One who has the presence of the Spirit ‘without reserve’. He is the way to eternal life, and we are called to believe.

The One whom God has sent, namely Jesus, speaks the words of God. In fact, he is the Word of God. I think this Gospel is asking those of us who recognise Jesus as from God to be intentional in our discipleship.  It is easy to be passive disciples, but Jesus came as the ‘light of the world ‘and we, his followers, are called to be a light in the world we inhabit, a world that has much darkness.

Jesus shares what he has received from the Father. Life without end awaits those who accept Jesus and through us others are invited to participate and receive that same gift.

I think we can take courage from Peter’s journey from fear to confidence, and let’s pray that our actions and attitudes, more than our words, will bring us to the fullness of life, a fullness that we can share with others.

Sr. Brigid Murphy CP
Sisters of the Cross & Passion,
Melbourne