Tuesday 7 May 2024

About Today Readings

Acts 16:22-34. Your right hand has saved me, O Lord – Psalm 137(138):1-3, 7-8. John 16:5-11.

All’s well that ends well

The passage from Acts reads like a dramatic short film. In the opening scene, our heroes are defeated, following repeated confrontations with crowds and local authorities in cities all over Greece. They are severely beaten and thrown into prison, but their spirits are buoyant. Bruised and broken, I wonder if they sang hymns at midnight because they sensed the end was near? But when a sudden earthquake breaks the prison doors and snaps their chains, they do not run cackling into the free night air. Our heroes stay put. The story shifts focus onto the hapless jailer, now suicidal, thinking of his escaped prisoners. I like to think Paul and Silas had come to know and care for the jailer that afternoon, despite their own pain and valid reasons for animosity. By choosing to stay imprisoned, they rescue him, ensuring the spiritual freedom of a man who was lost. Our short film ends with a midnight feast at the jailer’s house and a baptism. A plot twist, and surprise redemption.

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