Thursday of the Second Week of Easter
(Acts 5:27-33; John 3:31-36)
A couple of years ago a florist in Seattle was sued by a patron when she wouldn’t provide flowers for his “marriage” to another man. The florist, a woman, did not harbor personal dislike for the client. Rather she believes that homosexual marriage violates God’s law and that her providing flowers would comprise sinful complexity in evil. In a letter to the Seattle Times the florist wrote: “Rob (the patron) was asking me to choose between my affection for him and my commitment to Christ. As deeply fond as I am of Rob, my relationship with Jesus is everything to me.” The florist expresses the same sentiment as the apostles in today’s first reading.
The Jewish authorities have told the apostles that they are not to preach the name of Jesus. But they cannot not do it. They have been commissioned by Jesus and charged by the Holy Spirit to witness to him as the world’s salvation. Obeying the authorities would be defying God’s will.
We need to ask ourselves whether our relationship with Jesus is the most important element of our lives. Do we love him above all because of what he has done for us? He created us, shared our struggles, and then died to free us from sin’s claws. More than anyone or anything, he is worth our allegiance.