Acts 14: 5-18 Reflection:
God is always one step ahead of us. We see this in today’s first reading when the authorities make an attack on the apostles and they have to leave and go to new areas. Guess what; they make a load of conversions there!
We are looking again at the whole idea of God’s providence, something that we do not take enough account off in our lives. Even when we see Christians being killed by ISIS and see them mouthing the name of Jesus as they are about to die, we understand that they are bearing great witness to the Lord.
Man has always fought God, and the Church likewise has always appeared to be on its last legs, but in the midst of this there is hope. Last year in England, the most secular country in the world, forty five young women made the decision to join convents and become nuns. They might not all make it to profession but that is not the point. The important thing is that even in England, where religion is only mentioned in the media to be mocked, women are responding to the call of God in their lives.
As Christians, we believe that God is in control of everything, this is what we mean by God’s providence. We see it so clearly when we read the Acts of the Apostles but it is not so easy to see when you are living through the hard times; often we have to go on in faith, not seeing the outcome but believing that God is there in the midst of whatever is going on. This is particularly true when it comes to things such as family sickness or death: where can God be in the middle of this.
For Jesus, everything looked lost. Yet, we all know that even when he was dead to this world, his Father had not deserted him.
What a lovely thought.