The disciples were locked in jail. They were treated very badly. They had chains around their ankles, around their wrists, and no food or water. It would have been very dark with no light. I imagine they must have been very afraid. But maybe not.
In yesterday’s readings we were told, why they were chained and sitting in the dark, they began to pray and sing hymns of praise to God. Even in the worst situation, we can always pray and sing to God. Singing always lifts our spirits and makes us feel better. And praying to God helps us to know God is with us.
And God was with them. He sent an angel who removed the chains and I think helped them to walk through the walls. Remember, it said the doors were still locked and soldiers were by the doors. Maybe they walked through walls.
Now another curious thing. If you had escaped from such a terrible dark place, where would you go next? Some people might say they should run away and hide. But not the disciples. They went right back to the temple and began teaching the gospel.
They turned to God in their darkness and fear and God brought them out into the light to teach others about Jesus. You cannot hide Jesus in the dark. Jesus is the light that came into the world. We all need to share Jesus.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen