16 April, Thursday – Finding hope amidst our troubles

Acts 3:11-26
Lk 24:35-48

Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?”

It is often difficult, in the midst of our daily problems and personal crises, to see God at work. Having survived cancer, lived in a city besieged by protests and now dealing with the fear and panic in my community that has arisen from Covid-19, it has been all I can do to focus on the here and now. To worry about the health and safety of my family, and to worry about whether I will secure that next job or publication contract.

Yet in today’s gospel reading, Jesus asks a very pertinent question: why are we troubled? And why are there doubts and questions in our hearts? If we are to imagine God watching us from above now, it will quickly become clear that none of what we are facing is in any way new or unique to our times. Ailments, civil unrest and pandemics have plagued human societies for as long as we can remember and document. But yet here we are, a people of God that has survived persecution, warfare, disease, and all sorts of calamity. As it was noted in Ecclesiastes, there is truly nothing new under the sun.

With this knowledge, it is also clear that the only way to survive all these calamities is to continue trusting in God, and to continue abiding by the teachings of our Lord Jesus. As the first reading has stated very clearly: “to Him you shall listen in all that he may say to you. Everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be cut off from the people”. It is important, now more than ever, to remain connected to Jesus and His church, even if we have to do so via Zoom right now. For to be cut off from Him would be tantamount to being cut off from the source of life itself.

(Today’s Oxygen by Jacob Woo)

Prayer: Lord, we pray that You will continue to remain in our midst, and that Your Word will continue to grant us spiritual sustenance.

Thanksgiving: We are thankful for our friends and faith communities, and we pray that we will continue to hold fast to the promises of Christ together.

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