Acts 13:26-33 Reflection:
Today's first reading we have Paul preaching in Antioch and we see something of the method of teaching that he uses;
Paul focuses on the truth of the resurrection. but he also says that even by doing evil the High priests and the Sanhedrin had enabled God's will to be carried out.
Even Paul does not fully understand the mystery of good and evil but he does understand that God can make good things happen from the worst of situations: from the Father's point of view there could have been nothing worse than the death of is son.
We are back to the central tenet of the Christian faith: death is not the end, the resurrection of Jesus is the proof that we shall all live. If one man has been raised then all people shall be raised, human nature is no longer doomed by death.
It is the utter revolution of this thinking that is so wonderful. This is the tidings of great joy that God has brought to his people.
Paul had seen Jesus, he was his witness and he was sure of the life that awaited him. Paul wants us to feel the same certainty that he did.
Such is Easter, such is our faith!