Monday 29 May 2017

About Today Readings

Acts 19:1-8. Psalms 67(68):2-7. John 16:29-33.

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth — Psalms 67(68):2-7.

Let God arise!

‘Do you believe at last?’ is the question Jesus put to his disciples. We can hear the weariness in his voice. This passage is asking us to look at our faith, and it reminds me of a conversation when my faith was challenged.

One day I was in the company of some men who had fled their country in fear of their lives through persecution and conflict. Many of these men had been traumatised by their experiences. Our government offered them counselling, in the hope that they would become whole again. One very wise young man, whom I had known for some months, compared his people with what he knew of ours. This was his statement: ‘In your country you have counselling. In my country, we have God.’

‘Be brave’, Jesus says. ‘I have defeated the world.’

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