Part 3: We are commanded to preach the name of Jesus, and to spread his kingdom; this is our baptismal charge, strengthened for public defense of the faith, giving reasons for the hope that lies within us, by the sacrament of confirmation. Always with charity, of course; for it is love that impels us, as it did the Apostle.
I call to mind the words of St. Peter when he was bidden by others not to preach the name of Jesus…
“We gave you a firm warning,” said the priest, “not to preach in this name, and what have you done? You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and seem determined to fix the guilt of this man’s death on us.”
Peter replied, with the apostles, “We must obey God, rather than men; it was the God of our fathers who raised up Jesus, whom you crucified upon a tree.”
St. Peter, ora pro nobis.