Thursday 29 April 2021

About Today Readings

St Catherine of Siena

Acts 13:13-25. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord – Psalm 88(89):2-3, 21-22, 25, 27. John 13:16-20.

A word of encouragement

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

Sometimes we are stuck in a rut, believing God hasn’t answered our prayers. Then Paul’s example is invaluable. Take the time to write down the occasions when God’s presence has been palpable, when you have recognised his hand in your life. 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 you to keep going. Let us remember such times and be encouraged. Our God is ever present.

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