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Doctrines & Morals

What is right

April 7, 2018 (Saturday of the Octave of Easter)


Whether it is right…


Dear friends in Christ, there are times when you have to face a dilemma; when you have the option to follow the lie told by the powerful, or to follow the path of truth, with consequences; when your conscience based on the truth established by God is put to the test, by the opinions of the powerful people around you. At such a time, what is right to do? To follow the “opinion leaders,” or to follow the truth?


The Gospel reading of today(Mark 16:9-15) tells us that the Apostles themselves did not just accept the story of the resurrection of Jesus, without hesitation. They perhaps had expected Jesus to appear to them first. But they were not the most faithful, as many had deserted him on the way to the Cross. The women who were courageous enough to go back to the tomb, were also the first to witness the resurrection. Mark tells us that, Mary Magdalene broke the news of the resurrection to the Apostles, but they would not believe it. According to this account, another set of two disciples going into the country—perhaps the Emmaus journey, broke the news of their experience of the resurrected Lord, but they still were not convinced, until the Lord appeared, “to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.” With these appearances, the apostles were more than convinced of the fact that he has risen. Jesus gave them a mission, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” Can anything change them or convince them otherwise? Not even the threat of death could stop them now on, from proclaiming the good news.


The first reading of today (Acts 4:13-21) confirms that. The apostles following the miracle at the beautiful Gate of the Temple were arrested but when the elders and rulers saw their boldness, they were amazed at these common  men. They could however not dispute the miracle, as the man who was healed was standing there, in their presence. “What shall we do with these men? For, that a notable sign has been performed through them is manifest to all…and we cannot deny it.” They agreed among themselves to warn the Apostles to stop saying the truth, by preaching in the name of Jesus. Peter and John were bold enough to challenge them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” Truth will always prevail—they were convinced of their personal and communal experience of the resurrection. You may be facing a tough situation today too. Maybe not exactly like the Apostles, but stand firm on the truth, let the Lord vindicate you. Don't just follow the crowd.



Let us pray: Lord, confirm us in your truth and give us the courage to remain steadfast in the truth of the Gospel. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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