Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter Homily 26 April 2017
The Sadducees had a serious problem with the followers of Jesús.
While the Pharisees believed in angels, the after life and resurrection the Sadducees had little tolerance for such “flighty” ideas.
Jesús could argue with the Pharisees about all manner of things but he did share their thoughts on Resurrection and “spiritual beings”.
Hence the angels who help the “Apostles” stage a rather lackadaisical jail break.
How did they get “transported” through walls and bars?
Where were they from the time of the “breakout” until morning when they “went to the temple”?
I would not go to Hollywood or “Intelligence Services” to find the answer.
The answer is, of course, that this is a story of “faith” and the power of the Lord at work.
The prisoners are missing when it is time to move them from jail to the “Court” (Sanhedrin).
The prisoners are taken back into custody “but without force, because they were afraid of being stoned by the people.”
The tables are, at least temporarily, turned.
“Stones” will turn up again in this drama as this is the method used to execute Stephen the first martyr (witness) for the faith.
The Holy Innocents, John the Baptist and Jesús might be said to share that title in some way.
When we hear the word “religion” we could think of fire, hell fire, brimstone, burning sulphur and other unpleasant images we have been exposed to.
John’s Gospel has other images “coming to the light”, “eternal life”, “being saved”, “truth”.
The light overcoming darkness is especially consoling as the Gospel concludes today with these words:
“But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
So that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.”
May the truth set us free to come to the light so our “works may be clearly seen as done in God.”