After the crippled man had been cured,
while Peter and John were still speaking to the people,
the priests, the captain of the temple guard,
and the Sadducees confronted them,
disturbed that they were teaching the people
and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
They laid hands on Peter and John
and put them in custody until the next day,
since it was already evening.
But many of those who heard the word came to believe
and the number of men grew to about five thousand.
On the next day, their leaders, elders, and scribes
were assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest,
Caiaphas, John, Alexander,
and all who were of the high-priestly class.
They brought them into their presence and questioned them,
“By what power or by what name have you done this?”
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them,
“Leaders of the people and elders:
If we are being examined today
about a good deed done to a cripple,
namely, by what means he was saved,
then all of you and all the people of Israel should know
that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;
in his name this man stands before you healed.
He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,
which has become the cornerstone.
There is no salvation through anyone else,
nor is there any other name under heaven
given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” Acts 4:1-12
Why does the Catholic Church teach that there is no salvation through anyone but Jesus? Peter answers that question in front of the high priests today. The Church also teaches that a person of good will for all who follows his/her faith and has never been taught about Jesus will have an opportunity for heaven, too. For those of us that know Jesus and His story, do we have good will towards all? How do you treat people?
Second, Jesus’ s name heals. Use it only in prayer, not in cussing. Don’t watch Youtube videos or any other form of media where people are using God’s name in vain.
Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.
He revealed himself in this way.
Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus,
Nathanael from Cana in Galilee,
Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples.
Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We also will come with you.”
So they went out and got into the boat,
but that night they caught nothing.
When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore;
but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?”
They answered him, “No.”
So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat
and you will find something.”
So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in
because of the number of fish.
So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.”
When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord,
he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad,
and jumped into the sea.
The other disciples came in the boat,
for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards,
dragging the net with the fish.
When they climbed out on shore,
they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.”
So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore
full of one hundred fifty-three large fish.
Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.”
And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?”
because they realized it was the Lord.
Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them,
and in like manner the fish.
This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples
after being raised from the dead. JN 21:1-14
“This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead.” JN 21:14
How many times does Jesus need to return and reveal Himself for us to believe? We say it every Sunday in Church and every time we start a rosary. Have you ever really thought about what you believe in. I need proof. When my children are fighting, I ask them what happened and I listen to both sides of the story, then decide who is telling the truth. If someone tells me that they found something amazing, I need proof especially if it is far fetched or too good to be true. Jesus Christ is the Truth, but His resurrection is not too good to be True. When you put your complete trust in God, He will not let you down. God never breaks His covenants, His love is always true, He knows you better than you know yourself and loves you more than you love yourself. Trust in Him, believe in Him, come to the supper table He has prepared for you and receive eternal life. Now, “Come, have breakfast,” with Jesus, go to Mass!!!
Today’s challenge: Fast. It is Friday, Lent is over, reminding yourself of what Jesus did for you last Friday is a requirement on every Friday throughout the year. Put rocks in your shoes, fast from something, make yourself poor in some area of your life. Eat breakfast with Jesus. Try to make it to daily Mass more often this year. Believe.
Be a servant, Become a saint!