Tuesday 28 May 2019

About Today Readings

Acts 16:22-34. Psalm 137(138):1-3, 7-8. John 16:5-11.

Your right hand has saved me, O Lord – Psalm 137(138):1-3, 7-8. 

‘He and his whole household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.’

These words end the story of the conversion of the jailer assigned to guard Paul and Silas. The story begins with the gaoler ready to suicide because the prisoners have escaped. But the right hand of God becomes his salvation when Paul and Silas persuade him and his household to believe in Jesus. What an incredible transformation!

He accepts Jesus and his faith immediately becomes a liberating experience. He and his family are baptised into the faith community without delay. In the midst of these developments he finds time to bathe the wounds of Paul and Silas and set food before them.

The elements of healing and hospitality are interwoven with this man’s first experience of faith. They continue to sustain every community that grows out of faith in Jesus, providing consolation and inspiration to continue walking the way to the Father.

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