Many of us are imprisoned by all sorts of means but the Word of God cannot be permanently imprisoned or silenced.
In today’s reading the Sadducees try to imprison the Apostles. But during the night, the angel of the Lord sets them free and tells them to "Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.”
There are people today who feel imprisoned by other means. This happens when we choose to live in the darkness instead of the light of Christ, as described in today's gospel. How we choose to live, whether in the darkness or the light, has a big effect on us and those around us.
Perhaps with the quarantine and stay-in-place orders, you might feel a sense of the loss of freedom. And, that’s understandable. But what we learn from the Apostles is that God comes to us when we experience these struggles.He comes to set us free and to give us a sense of peace and hope. Today's psalm response is: "The Lord hears the cry of the poor" is a great reminder of God's love.
When we call to Him and move toward the light, it's then that we find freedom, peace, and hope. It's then that we, like the Apostles, can tell our family and friends everything about this life in Christ.
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About Father David Marcham
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!