The First Reading continues to speak about the power of the Holy Spirit With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was communion among believers that there was no needy person among them. They looked after each other. We see that there is power when believers testify to the truth of the resurrection of Jesus. The truth cannot be watered down and should be preached whatever the circumstance. We see this in the Gospel where Jesus continued to teach Nicodemus, a teacher of the Law. When Nicodemus asked questions or challenged Jesus, Jesus did not back down. Instead, Jesus said Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen.
Our testimony has to be based on what we have seen and not what we think. The sad thing today is many teach according to the ideas coming from their imagination and in doing so, there is no power in what they teach. People teach more about social justice than the resurrection of Jesus and of its power. And as they teach other things, they wander off the path of the true teaching of Jesus. We see this in government lockdowns these days. The Church has become irrelevant because some of her ministers compromise the Truth of Jesus Christ. They prefer to teach what people want to hear than what people needed to hear. People need to hear about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus because Jesus himself said and just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For the Church to be relevant, her ministers must lift up Jesus so people will believe and have eternal life.
This requires courage as Pope St Martin I showed us. He was a pope who had a conflict with the Byzantine emperor who wrongly believed Jesus had only one will. The Byzantine emperor attempted to murder St Martin, but failed. The emperor later had the Pope arrested and exiled to an island where he died.
The power of the Resurrection of Christ is not in political power. It is not in popularity. It is however in proclaiming the Truth as taught by Jesus and the Apostles. In situations where we are pressured we learn to cling to the Truth of Jesus Christ and not in the empty promises of the world.
Lord, help me to trust in your Word. Never let me be deceived by false promises. St Martin, pray that we may have courageous shepherds who will stand against secular authorities who teach error.