Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Reflection:  “We must obey God rather than men” the Apostles proclaim before the Sanhedrin.  They knew well that this choice and this life would likely result in their death, but they chose obedience to God and the faith anyway.  What are rewards and happiness on earth worth if “whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.”  While choosing God over man and earthly pleasures may not always be easy, the eternal rewards make those difficult choices worth it.  “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,” and nothing on earth can compare to the joy that life will bring.

Reflection for younger saints:  The Apostles chose to obey God and to teach others about Jesus even though leaders had threatened them.  They knew it was more important to obey God than to obey man.  God wants us to obey Him too.

Big Picture:  “Obey God rather than men.”

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Who did the Apostles choose to obey, God or the Sanhedrin?  What is our reward for obeying God?
     Older saints:  Today we see a lived example in the Apostles’ time of choosing between obedience to God or to the government.  This has become an issue in our day as well.  While we are called to obedience to God, we are also called to obedience of government, unless these two contradict one another.  Read Catechism sections 2239 and 2240 which discuss this topic.  Take a moment to reflect on some issues being debated in government right now.  How do those issues relate to the faith and to the readings we read today?

Fun Fact:  Adam and Even did not obey God’s commandment and ate of the forbidden fruit.  This led to what we call “original sin”.  Because of our original sin we are selfish and drawn into sin.

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Stanislaus
     What they are remembered for:  St. Stanislaus is a well known name in the history of Eastern Europe.  After becoming bishop of Krakow in 1072 he spoke out against the unjust laws and immoral wars of the time.  This did not win him any favor with King Boleslaus II.  After the soldiers refused to kill St. Stanislaus, King Boleslaus II killed him with his own hands.
     Feast day:  April 11
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