Tuesday 6th Week of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 16:22-34; John 16:5-11.
Indeed, in every situation Jesus is Lord and when we turn to him, he will bring about the greatest good for us and everyone else that only God can accomplish.
Today’s first reading from Acts of the Apostles,
we hear the story when Paul and Silas
were flogged and put in jail.
I wonder if St. Paul had this experience in mind
when he wrote to the Philippians,
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say rejoice.”
Do you find it surprising that they turn to prayer
and sang hymns of praise to God
while their feet were shackled
and their backs were bleeding? (Philippians 4:4)
Indeed, in every situation Jesus is Lord
and when we turn to him,
he will bring about the greatest good
for us and everyone else
that only God can accomplish.
And that is what happened that night in the jail.
After an earthquake, the shackles were opened
and the jailer in the darkness
thought the prisoners escaped.
But Paul and Silas were still there
and saved the jailer from taking his life.
The next verse in Philippians after
“Rejoice in the Lord always,” are the words,
“Your kindness should be known to all.”
And I’m sure he is speaking about
all situations that we find ourselves.
Some of them are not going to be pleasant.
But we have the Advocate, the Holy Spirit who is given to us
so we can remain true to Jesus
in times of difficulty and even persecution for our faith.
This Advocate who sang in the hearts and voices
of Paul and Silas
can sing in our hearts too.
How many jailers will be affected
by our kind and gentle demeanor
and in their own time will turn to Jesus
and asked to be saved by him?
Let’s see what happens when we turn to the Lord
and rejoice, even delight that he is with us
and will accomplish every good
out of any evil or harm that comes to us.