Saturday 18th April
A Bishop once said “Everywhere St Paul went, there was a riot. Everywhere I go they serve tea.”
It wasn’t just St Paul. Today we see Peter and John causing a riot. They had healed a lame man and they were proclaiming the truth of the resurrection. Into that scene came the Priests, the Sadducees, the one who was captain of the Temple. They were not happy about the actions and the words of Peter and John.
As you may well be aware, the Sadducees kept on friendly terms with the Romans in order that they might retain the wealth, comfort, prestige and power they had got used to. They were frightened that Peter and John’s preaching would take their power away.
As Tom Wright says “Resurrection is the belief that declares that the living God is going to put everything right once and for all, and is going to “restore all things” to turn the world the right way up at last. And those who are in power, within the world the way it is, are quite right to suspect that, if God puts all things right, they cannot guarantee that they will end up in power in the new world that God is going to make”.
Power can be a dangerous thing, used in the wrong way and in the wrong hands. Maybe, the Church in the past has had too much power. Now we are on the fringes of society we can remember who we are and what we are about.
Peter and John were people who followed Jesus, proclaiming His resurrection in word and deed. And they showed great courage in doing it. Now, I have to be honest I’m not naturally a very courageous person, but we don’t do things in our own strength. We have the Spirit of God within us, who can give us courage when we feel we have none.
So in this Easter season, may we be bold in living as people of The Way. May we proclaim the Good News of the Resurrection in word and deed, even if for some of us that is living our lives with just our families, or indeed on our own. What does living in the light of the Resurrection mean to us in this time? Maybe that is something to reflect on today.
Reflection by Sam Nicholson