Today’s readings can be found here.
In today’s first reading we receive a great lesson in Church history from a Pharisee named Gamaliel. I know it seems ridiculous because he was a Pharisee and how could he possibly give a lesson in Church history before it happened?
Allow me to explain. Gamaliel warns, “if this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself.” How true are his words! If the Church were only the work of men, it would have collapsed long ago. Certainly, we can look through the history of the Church and see many fallen men and women who’ve made plenty of errors. Yet, the Church did not collapse. For it is not men and women who sustain the Church, but rather the Holy Spirit.
This is why nearly 1800 years after Gamaliel’s speech when Napoleon threatened to destroy the Church, the pope’s secretary responded, “what makes you think you can do in one year what we’ve been trying to do ourselves for 1800 years?”
Here we are a couple hundred years later, by no merits of our own, sustained by the Holy Spirit.
Veni Creator Spiritus