In the Gospel reading of John 6:35-40, Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst”. In the first reading of Acts 8:1-8, great persecution arose against the Church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the region of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. This fulfilled the prophecy of Jesus, “But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” (cf. Acts 1:8).
Often, when God promise us something, the way and manner to achieve that is not always smooth. The persecution of the early Christians and their consequent dispersal became a means of spreading the good news. God works through every human situation and experience: both the good and the challenging ones. This dynamic of divine activity should strengthen our hope in God and make us more resilient in the face of difficult situations and experiences. God can always use the difficult situations for the glory of His name, even if we do not immediately understand the Divine hand at work. Therefore we must remain always open to Divine providence in all things.
Dear friends in Christ, whatever situation we find ourselves in life, God knows, so give thanks to Him. He will never fail us or disappoint us. He will solve the problem in a way we do not expect. Who could ever imagine that the Gospel message could be spread through suffering? God indeed can write straight on crooked lines! That job you are searching with tears to God, He will provide it for you when you do not expect. Is it fruit of the womb, or peace in your home, be calm, God is in control. “When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage, it was like a dream” (cf. Ps. 126:1). What God expects from us is resilience. As we do this, let us join the psalmist to say, “Cry out with joy to God, all the earth" (Psalm 66:1).
Source: Rev. Fr. Bernard Awasume Akum, SDV.
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