Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Conpuncti Corde| Cut to the Heart

"When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?'" — Acts 2:37




Through the preaching of God's Word by Peter, people realized that Jesus was the Messiah, Son of God and they had crucified him. The word of God pierced their hearts, opened them up, and showed them the dark reality of what was going on inside themselves. They really saw who Jesus was, they saw who they were, and they saw how they had turned away from God. They had to feel fear and gross.

Seeing how evil they were, they said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37). Peter told them to repent. They must turn back, they must repent. The first requirement to become a Christian is to have the courage to repent and open oneself to the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit leads people to realize about themselves and see who they are before God. "When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment" (John 16:8, NIV).  I believe, the Holy Spirit accompanied Peter in his preaching so that people were moved and saw their sinful selves. Peter convinced them of their sin for crucifying Jesus who was Lord. This made them sad. Grief over sin is the beginning of a repentance.

They asked, "What should we do?". This is a reaction that must exist when a person is aware of his sins. He must want to do something to end that sin! Have you ever experienced grief caused by your sin? What's your reaction after being aware of your sin?  Let us follow the Spirit as he uses the Word to expose and convict us of our sin, and call us to turn to Christ.



Reflection on Acts 2:37-41 by Fr. Fransiskus Diaz, SVD.

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