Today’s readings can be found here.
Sometimes in life things don’t go the way we’ve planned. That is certainly the case for the Apostles in today’s first reading. They sought to proclaim the Gospel, but were then imprisoned. That doesn’t sound like the beginnings of a success story at all. However, then things get even crazier. You might think that when they were able to escape they might have decided to count their losses, lick their wounds, sneak away and try somewhere else. Instead they decide to go right back to the same place where they had been arrested.
What about us? What would we do? Would we go back to the place where we had been treated so poorly? Or would we hide? While we might not face imprisonment for our faith, there are plenty of difficult situations that a person of faith might find themselves in these days. The challenge is not go and hide when things don’t go our way. We cannot retreat into our own little, “Catholic bubble.” As Pope Francis keeps calling us as a Church, “to go out of ourselves.”