In the Mass readings from Friday, we have another awesome example of the Apostles filled with the Holy Spirit.
Peter and John had been preaching and healing, and eventually they were confronted and imprisoned by the High Priests. (Not the only time this would happen).
“They brought them into their presence and questioned them,
“By what power or by what name have you done this?”
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them,
“Leaders of the people and elders:
If we are being examined today
about a good deed done to a cripple,
namely, by what means he was saved…”
I’d like to pause here. In almost any other case, you could see where this is going. Peter could easily say something like – “Look, we’re on the same team. We all want the crippled healed. What difference does it make if he’s healed by this way or that?”
“…then all of you and all the people of Israel should know
that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;
in his name this man stands before you healed.
He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,
which has become the cornerstone.
There is no salvation through anyone else,
nor is there any other name under heaven
given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” Acts 4:1-12
There’s no dancing around the truth. No pleading the fifth. No backing down.
In the words of Wyatt Earp in the movie, Tombstone, “You called down the Thunder and now, you got it.”