The high priest rose up and all his companions, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and, filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, ‘Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.’ When they heard this, they went to the temple early in the morning and taught. Act. 5:17-18
We know well that people are being sent to jail today because of addictions. This writer has firsthand knowledge of this, having spent three different terms in jail. Alcoholism and other drugs will assuredly do this when laws are broken. Sometimes a reformation of life will take place after a jail term; sometimes not. My experience is more attuned to what the early followers of Jesus experienced in jail, namely, a miracle. Our program in AA states: “God will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.” If we’ve reached the point of utter helplessness and have the humility to finally ask God for help, He will definitely come through.
Then what? Well, we go out and spread the good news about the miracle. That is the only thing we can do. But we do this now with new life and with abundant joy.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me the courage of your apostles to proclaim the joy and freedom you have won for me! May Your praises be sung by me today. Amen.
These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.