“The one who is of the earth … speaks of earthly things. But the one who comes from heaven … testifies to what he has seen and heard.” It makes sense. You can only speak of what you know, what you have seen, and what you have experienced. So whenever anyone opens their mouth, you can easily tell whether or not they know what they’re talking about, or that they’re making things up as they go.
The Apostles had encountered the Risen Jesus. Now they must proclaim the good news of salvation. And nothing will stop them, not even threats of punishment and persecution. The world is constantly at odds with the Gospel, and those who are most caught up in the conflict end up suffering for it, primarily those who insist on “obeying God rather than men.” But those who have encountered the Risen Jesus, who are now compelled to proclaim good news cannot also be in league with the world or be employing the ways of the world to accomplish the work of the Gospel, by sowing division and distress, by encouraging rebellion and violence. No. This behavior is not consistent with the values of Jesus and the Gospel. Rather, the one who has encountered the Risen Jesus is unafraid and motivated by their conviction alone. And even in the face of the world’s opposition, such a one remains steadfast, calm, confident, joyful, at peace.
If God is truly my light and my salvation, of whom should I be afraid?
This mass was offered for the repose of +Kevin Bunting.
Rolo B Castillo © 2020