Friday 6th Week of Easter
Acts 18: 9-18.
“Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you. No one will attack and harm you, for I have many people in the city.”
Try and imagine the challenge that St. Paul faced
when he walked into Corinth for the first time.
It was a city something like Las Vegas,
“the city that never sleeps.”
I can imagine him going to sleep thinking,
“How in the world can I get through to these people,
with their worship of every vice and sin you can imagine?”
That culture is much like today’s culture,
“If it feels right at the moment, just do it.”
“Nobody’s more important than me.”
So in a vision Jesus said to him,
“Do not be afraid.
Go on speaking, and do not be silent,
for I am with you. No one will attack and harm you,
for I have many people in the city.”
Our Corinth may not be a city we are entering
but some cross we are enduring, an illness,
a vital relationship gone sour,
some change in our life or our career…
Let us take to heart that Jesus is with us
as much as he was with Paul.
Let us pray so we may hear his voice and assurance.
Let us ask him to point out to us,
in his good Providence, people who will support us,
people who’ve gone through and overcome
what we are experiencing.
But let’s turn the coin around and consider
that we might be that support for someone else.
Ask the Lord to show us who needs our strength to lean on,
our shoulder to cry on or our heart to comfort them.
Remember that when we console another,
we console the heart of Jesus.
May no one suffer their Corinth alone!