It is difficult to accept that the Peter we know in the Gospels is the same Peter in today’s first reading who now flouts the same people who had condemned Jesus to death. In comparing the Peter before Pentecost with the Peter after the ancestry of the Holy spirit, we realize what the Holy spirit has done and what the Holy Spirit wants to do in us and with us. For we have received the same Holy Spirit in baptism and confirmation.
Peter has become a man of gallantry. To flout the strict orders of the Sanhedrin was an act of dangerous audacity. We are often threatened to keep quiet about our faith. This menace might not come from civil authorities but from my best friend, colleagues, and neighbors. We are afraid not to conform with the majority. Do we tolerate the Holy spirit to originate us parties of fortitude like Peter?
Peter had become a man of principle. He no longer asked whether an action was safe or not. His basic questions were now: Is this the will of God? If I do this, do I obey God? Is this what God wants me to say and do?
What are our principles? Do we want to satisfy others rather than God? Do we accept from the Church only what we find acceptable because it does not interfere with our position in civilization and oversight what peril its own position in society? Or are we ready like Peter to say boldly what culture does not like to hear?
Peter had a clear idea of what he was supposed to be- a witness for Christ. God gave us his Spirit of mettle, fortitude and truth for the same purpose–to be reliable and indomitable watches for Christ. We have received a Spirit , not of cowardice, but of fortitude to represent Christ discernible in today’s world. We are invited to free ourselves from captivity that hinder us from being bold, principled bystanders for Christ. We was encouraged to annihilate in us whatever hampers God’s Spirit to change us into beings like Peter and his person apostles.
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