Sunday 12 May 2019
4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER.
Acts 13:14, 43-52. Psalm 99(100):1-3, 5. Apocalypse 7:9, 14-17. John 10:27-30.
We are his people, the sheep of his flock – Psalm 99(100):1-3, 5.
‘I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles.’
Even after their initial violent rejection from Antioch, Paul and Barnabas returned again until they had fulfilled the work that God had given them – to take the message of salvation to the Gentiles. In spite of their persecution, the disciples were ‘filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.’
Revelation speaks to us of the glory of God and the power of God’s kingdom. We too can be transformed by our receiving God’s presence as a gift for our lives, as did the apostles. Each night it is good to review our day, seeking the signs of grace we have been given by his loving presence and our graciousness towards others we have encountered. So we too become the source of grace to many who are in need of a lifting of their spirits. This prayer will help us take our place with grateful hearts in the joyful chorus of praise.