Thursday 16 May 2019

About Today Readings

Acts 13:13-25. Psalm 88(89):2-3, 21-22, 25, 27. John 13:16-20.

For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord – Psalm 88(89):2-3, 21-22, 25, 27. 

‘Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, give it.’

A word of encouragement in the first reading: a poignant reminder of the basis of our faith and traditions. When Paul was asked to speak with the people, he chose to reflect on the goodness of God. Such reflections are often very important in moving forward in our faith.

There are times we are stuck in a rut, believing God hasn’t answered our prayers, when Paul’s example is invaluable. Let us take the time to write down the occasions when God’s presence has been palpable, when we have recognised his hand in our lives. This could have been during a time of success, the birth of a child or recovery from an illness. During a particularly difficult period, God may have provided the necessary strength for us to keep going. Let us remember such times and be encouraged. Our God is ever present.

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