In the first reading, Peter and John have just been released from the authority of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish supreme court and legislative body, for preaching the message of Jesus.
Peter and John going before the Sanhedrin meant they were being punished for proclaiming the Good News of Jesus, an offense branding the men subversive. Now both men could have kept quite out of fear of reoffending. They could have let the situation get the best of them. They could become angry. But what did happen. What can I gain, we, as moms, gain, from this first reading?
I used to say that life hit me about the head with a wet trout. What I meant by that was that I felt that life did whatever it wanted to me. Like when my hubby and I found out that instead of having time to be a couple we were now going to be parents after conceiving a honeymoon baby. That pissed me off in a big way. I felt trapped by my hubby, by life and especially by God.
What I was not considering was that I had a say in the situation. Peter and John could have done the same thing: Gone around saying how horrible it was to be in front of the Sanhedrin, but they didn’t. They took control of how they perceived the situation and looked to see how the situation strengthened their calling from God. They looked at the good in the situation, not the bad, not the inconvenient for them, the good for everyone.
They saw the good in the situation. They turned the situation into even greater an opportunity to proclaim the Good News. Like every life situation, there is going to be goodness. That is the nature of God. That Honeymoon baby slowly made me think of how I was NOT changing. I was still me with all my talents and gifts. I was still me with my calling. I took the time to think more clearly about what I was being called to do and how having a baby was going to HELP me achieve it.
Like Peter and John, who would not be held down by threats or mistreatment, they were going to use both to strengthen their belief in the power of God. Using the situation to say: “See how God is using us to tell you the Good News, you go do the same.”