Friday 4 April 2014

Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

When we are faced with bitter persecution, what would we do? Would we continue to keep the faith and stand our ground? Would we continue to keep the faith but go elsewhere to proclaim it, since it would have been not possible to continue proclaiming it in one's present location? Or would some of us abandon our faith to save our skin and protect our interests?

In today's reading, we read "a bitter persecution started against the church in Jerusalem, and everyone except the apostles fled to the country districts of Judaea and Samaria." At first instance, we may think that only the apostles were still keeping the faith. But if we read further, we would discover that "those who had escaped went from place to place preaching the Good News." The disciples may have made a run for it, but they were doing so, so that the faith could be preserved and taught elsewhere, despite facing persecution. If we are faced with similar persecution, would we still be fervent and steadfast just as these disciples and the apostles were, some remaining to keep the church alive in Jerusalem, others going elsewhere to spread the Good News?

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