Today we hear how God sent his angel to open the doors of the prison to release the apostles. This is not just a story from our history. God still does this for us – today – wherever we are.  He can set us free.

Our prisons may not be made of iron bars but they may still hold us just as securely. There are prisons of addiction, depression, guilt, anger, shame, and fear – just to name a few. However, God sent his Son not to condemn the world but to save it. He rescued his apostles then and he still does so today. We need only to ask for his help and to be open to accepting it in whatever form it may take.

Ask and you shall receive; knock and the door shall be opened!

Elizabeth A. Colborn is an English teacher at Saint Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH, and is the moderator for the Young Authors Club. She belongs to St. Brendan parish in North Olmsted, Ohio, where she is a member of the Pastoral Parish Council, a lector and Eucharistic minister.