Acts 5:17-26 Reflection:
During these weeks of Eastertide leading up to Pentecost the readings are mostly taken from Acts and the Gospel of John. Today’s first reading tells of the miraculous deliverance of the apostles from prison after the Sadducees throw them in the gaol.
The angel, on freeing them, gives this command: ‘Go and stand in the temple, and tell the people about this new life.’ The Church has had opposition from the very beginning so we should not be surprised when we see the world turn against it today.
What is interesting about this reading is that the Sadducees and their police force have now become afraid of the apostles because the message they are carrying is giving the people hope and they are afraid the people will turn against them so they want to stop the apostles.
What is it about rich people that they are afraid of giving the ‘little people’ any hope? What are they afraid of and what harm could a bit of equality do?
Even today we see the same attitude; ‘if we give food to the poor then they would become dependent and we would not get a fair price.’
While we delay and worry about moral imperatives the poor die.
But that is the way it has always been. The hope of the poor and the dread of the rich is that in heaven there shall be justice for all, where all people shall be equal before God and no amount of money can buy favour.
What a difference that shall be!