15 April 2021

Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Thursday of the Second Week of Easter, April 15, 2021

The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to Him. Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Thursday of the 2nd week of Easter, April 15, 2021. Reading is delivered by Antonius Prasetyo (from the Church of Santo Yohanes Bosco in Jakarta, Indonesia) and meditation is delivered by Margareth Sembiring (from the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Singapore). Acts of the Apostles 5: 27-33; Rs psalm 34: 2.9.17-18.19-20; John 3: 31-36.


Our meditation today has the theme: School of Obedience. One of the characteristics of the spirit of Easter is the school of obedience. This school is very different from the various schools that we have arround us, such as schools for military, nurses, police, communication, engineering, administration and so forth. All these schools obviously produce a lot of graduates, but did they all graduate or they really qualify in the virtue of obedience? This is a big question. We should be honest to admit the fact that these schools do not provide specific lesson and training to make a student obedient.

If so, it maybe more appropriate and better for all schools to take the spirit of Easter to be the lesson for acquiring the quality of obedience. In the school of obedience, the content of the lesson is Jesus Christ who completely obeyed His Father in order to fulfill the will of the Father. Jesus had fully practice the virtue of obedience by offering Himself as a sacrifice for the salvation of all mankind. This is the main source for the learning curriculum of obedience to be implemented by all His followers and all other people who in good will follow the will of God.

Jesus emphasized that our basic learning in His school is to believe in the One who was sent by the Father and follow the path that He had gone through, namely to carry out the will of the Father. This must be a common spirit for every follower of Christ. Every form of activity such as our mission, responsibility, commitment, service, and collaboration must relate to this school of obedience. The point is that we all commit ourselves to carry out the will of God. If the will of God is faithfully followed, then its expected outcome would be the divine graces that benefit us.

The school of obedience is shown in the today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Peter and the other apostles were examined in the court then followed by the order from the Jewish leaders that they should be silenced. They were strictly forbidden to preach to the public the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, because of their education, learning and training on the virtue of obedience had been strongly rooted, they responded with confidence: it is better for us to obey God than to any human being! They had undergone an educative journey with the Master Jesus Christ that focused on the priority of loyalty and obedience to God. By this means and strength, we are taught that any sort of temptation or threat intending to lead us to disobey God must be resisted.

Why is the Lord our priority in this school of obedience? Because in Him and from Him all moral teachings, goodness, truth, beauty, glory, and holiness originate. He is the source of all wisdom and intelligence. So if we consistently and faithfully choose to obey him, we will become His obedient sons and daughters in all aspects of this life and we will be able to renew this world.

Let’s pray. In the name of the Father … Almighty and most loving Lord, may our obedience to You not go in vain and without fruits, but truly a reflection of our commitment to obey our Lord Jesus Christ. Hail Mary full of grace … In the name of the Father …

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