Cana 90 – Third Week of Easter Tuesday
“After recalling the apostles, they had them flogged, ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them. So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.”
Why would they “rejoice” that they were suffering for the sake of “the name”? Because they found joy in uniting their sufferings to the suffering of Christ but they ALSO could unite their joy to His Joy in the Resurrection.
For a deeper treatise on suffering, we recommend C.S. Lewis’ “The Problem of Pain” for that.
Notice that the Apostles were like kids on Christmas who have been given an obnoxious gift by their favorite aunt or uncle. (Parents, you know, the drumset or noise making toy that no matter what else was received becomes the favorite to the dismay of anyone who is in the vicinity after about 5 minutes.) The Apostles took their gifts and calling seriously. So seriously they couldn’t keep quiet about it. They couldn’t keep quiet about “the name” – There it is again, power in the Name of Jesus.
WHAT IF we took our gifts just as seriously? WHAT IF we used everything in our power to become the persons, couples, and families that God created us to be…
This is a lot to process. Work through this with your spouse this week and take some time to pray about the gifts God has given you each, individually and as a couple/family.