Saturday 30th May 2020
Seventh week of Easter
Acts 28:16-20,30-31, John 21:20-25
It is barely three months since we have been indoors because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and many of us have been complaining because we cannot go out to do what we would like to do, especially career and earning a living. We all feel deprived of an essential part of our lives. As I reflect on this period, I can only imagine how those in prison survive. This is also the feeling as I go through the first reading of today. I also imagine how paul would have felt to have been deprived the freedom to preach the word of God. After spending sometime in prison during Felix, it was when Herod Agrippa came that he was judged and he made an appeal to Caesar. In the first reading of today we see that it was only after presenting his case to Caesar that he regained his freedom.
One can therefore also imagine what some Christians pass through in their course of living their faith in difficult places. Paul was only able to go through all these because he was filled with the Holy Spirit. He counted everything as rubbish in so far as he had Jesus (Philippians 3:8). The 50 days of Easter season will be coming to an end tomorrow as we conclude our novena to the Holy Spirit. In the Church's calendar, there is a vigil tomorrow to prepare us for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Sunday. We are therefore encouraged to spend sometime in prayer tonight and ask the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in us. God help us. Amen.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP