There are many miraculous stories in the book called The Acts of the Apostles. Today we read of what might be called “the angelic prison break” (ACTS 5:17-26). Some of the apostles have been put in jail because the high priest and his companions, the Sadducees, were jealous of their growing popularity among the people (not exactly a criminal offense!). In the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison and led them out. They went back to the public square and resumed their teaching.
While not denying the possibility of such a miraculous happening, I’m thinking of this story as a metaphor for inner transformation in our own day. What is it in me that is imprisoned for some reason, be it timidity or desire for approval, unwillingness to take a risk or to speak the truth to power…? What would it take for me to be free? In this season of resurrection in both nature and faith tradition, do I have the encouragement I need to break out of what holds me bound and then, in the freedom of that action, to witness to the power that is God’s work in me?
A worthy reflection indeed.