Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 5:17-26, Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, & John 3:16-21
All three of today’s readings have the same message—God delivers us.
However, it is only those who believe it who will be delivered. We need to acknowledge our need for deliverance in order to gain it. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Jesus’ disciples were imprisoned, and the angel of the Lord physically released them from their bonds and delivered them from the prison and from the hands of those who would harm them.
The Psalm echoes this truth and explains it by saying that the Lord hears the cry of the poor. Those who believe in the Lord and call to Him will be aided. He will not abandon His own. First, there must be a request. In the first message, the delivery is physical and immediate, taking the apostles out of jail. Thus, the Lord hears and answers the “cries of the poor.”
John’s Gospel narrative goes even further—Jesus is the ultimate delivery! When God gave to the people on earth His only begotten Son, He was delivering to us in the ultimate manner. Only through Jesus could people understand God and ultimately go to heaven. Regardless if we are physically delivered, like the apostles from the prison, through Jesus, we are ultimately delivered. Only through belief in Jesus is there salvation.
Here, in the liturgical season of Easter, we acknowledge the sacrifice and celebrate the resurrection. The delivery has been made. It is up to us to accept it.
Question of the Day: How will you step toward the “Light” of the world and stay out of the darkness?
Prayer: “God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son so that everyone who believes in Him might have eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia.”