April 11

Reflection

Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,
the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.
Acts 4:13-21

The apostles were men of no exceptional ability. Most of them were commonly encountered fishermen, the usual sort of people found in the neighborhood. They had no exceptional qualities, degrees or education. These were just ordinary folks considered second rate by the leaders and the elders. How then could they be so bold and do such exceptional things? We know they weren’t like this before! But, that was then and this was now. Ordinary people with a vision can change things. Ordinary people can do heroic things in a crisis. They had suffered, they had experienced new possibilities, they had recognized their destiny and they were now on fire with all they had heard. Ordinary people can become extraordinary when filled with the Spirit of Jesus.

Prayer

Grant to us, O Lord, hearts renewed.
Recreate in us your own spirit!

Action

Reflect on the extraordinary actions you have heard or seen ordinary people take in a crisis or tragedy. Think about the ordinary men and women who accomplished heroic and world changing deeds when they rose to meet a necessary challenge. Who are some of those people in our own time? What do they teach you? 

Suggested Readings

Observing the boldness of Peter and John
and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,
the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,
and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.
Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them,
they could say nothing in reply.
So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin,
and conferred with one another, saying,
“What are we to do with these men?
Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign
was done through them, and we cannot deny it.
But so that it may not be spread any further among the people,
let us give them a stern warning
never again to speak to anyone in this name.”
Acts 4:13-21  

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead 

Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Daryn Kagan

Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.
Gerard Way

This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance.
Philip K. Dick

September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage.
Geraldine Brooks 

With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.
The Dalai Lama 

Heroes are made in the hour of defeat. Success is, therefore, well described as a series of glorious defeats.
Mahatma Gandhi

The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
Henry David Thoreau

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