Tuesday 19th May 2020
Sixth week of Easter
Acts 16:22-34, John 16:5-11
I recently listened to one of the new generation preachers, who kept emphasising that real children of God can never suffer. In essence, one cannot serve God and suffer or be poor. After 5 minutes I could not make sense of what he was trying to communicate to his audience. I finally got pissed off when he said that he cannot suffer as a servant of God. This is very contrary to the teachings of Jesus that all who serve him should be ready to suffer for his sake.
This is very evident in the first reading of today. We hear how Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned by the people in the course of their preaching. Despite this, they still trusted in God even while in prison. How many people still trust and believe in God in times of trials and tribulations? Some even forget to pray.
The Holy Spirit who we are expecting from the Father will lead our hearts and minds to navigate moments of tribulations. Difficulties are part of our Christian calling. What we need is to trust God and be focused on him. God help us. Amen.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie