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Today's Reading
Acts 5:34-42

Gamaliel, one of the wisest members of the Sanhedrin, now offers a way out of the impasse in which the Jewish leaders found themselves.

“Let’s just do nothing,” he says, “and maybe this whole situation will go away. We have faced things like this before, and they all disappeared. If this new movement is from God, God will see to it that it survives.” So they don’t execute the apostles. They just have them flogged and sent away.

But Gamaliel’s solution really isn’t the answer. He urges passivity in the face of what the apostles are preaching. Yet Jesus is not asking for passivity. He wants acceptance. He wants to be recognized as Messiah.

Jesus wants full commitment from us, too. Nothing else is enough. 

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Emeritus Daniel E. Pilarczyk, the eighth ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally prominent churchman, educator and author. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was ordained a priest on December 20, 1959, after studies in Rome. He was ordained bishop in 1974, and installed as Archbishop of Cincinnati in 1982, where he served until his retirement in 2009. In addition to a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Urban University, he holds an M.A. in classics from Xavier University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Cincinnati. He has written more than a dozen popular books and many pamphlets and articles. His best-selling book is Twelve Tough Issues – And More. His most recent books are When God Speaks and Live Letters. Archbishop Pilarczyk’s service to the American church includes terms as vice president (1986-1989) and president (1989-1992) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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