Tuesday 19 May 2020

About Today Readings

Acts 16:22-34. Your right hand has saved me, O Lord – Psalm 137(138):1-3, 7-8. John 16:5-11.

Unless I go, the Advocate will not come to you

Today’s readings are rich with symbolism and yet offer a real and pertinent sense of God’s presence. Paul and Silas are broken out of jail, and instead of running, they sing hymns and console their jailer. Recently, I have been reading the words of Pedro Arrupe SJ, superior general of the Jesuits from the 1960s-80s. He had been a missionary to Japan and at one point was jailed for suspected subversion. He spoke in his memoirs of the deepest consolation of hearing the soft singing of Christmas hymns one night. His people had risked their lives to remind Arrupe that they were with him, and that God was present. Arrupe was released from jail, and like St Paul, thanked his jailers for allowing him to know and enter into the suffering of the Christian life. In the deepest, most despairing of circumstances, the Holy Spirit was there. Where can we too see whispers of that advocate in our lives?

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