A change had come. The doors to their hiding place were unlocked and the fearful ones now walked the streets freely. They spoke boldly and touched those broken with love. Those who saw this were amazed. The authorities rumbled and ordered them to be silent. When the two apostles were released from custody, their companions cheered. As they prayed for courage to continue, the building swayed. God’s spirit was moving among them. They were not alone.
Nicodemus came to Jesus at night with his questions. He was a man of standing in the community. An expert on ritual, he was captivated by what eluded his fine understanding. Of course, with his reputation, these visits were secret. Nicodemus was stuck in the middle; he could draw no closer, neither would he forget. The spirit passed overhead as he pondered his quandary.
Almost thirty years ago, Daniel Berrigan wrote a little book that he entitled, Ten Commandments for the Long Haul. It was, in effect, a handbook of sorts on how to be a prophet in today’s world. It was Berrigan at his best, explaining how a prophet must make a vow of love and not of alienation. Anyone who is trying to be prophetic, from the right or from the left, might profitably read this book.
He ends with a number of Commandments, not ten but forty-seven of them. Here’s a sample of them (paraphrased), just to give you a taste of his insight, language, and wit: