6th Sunday in Easter
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
1 Pet 3:15-18
“I will not leave you orphans; I will come back to you.”
In our traditional settings, orphans, when they are very young and tender, are helpless and vulnerable; they grow without parental support and depend on the trappings of relations and society. When they are coming from poor backgrounds, they are drenched in frustrations padded with discomfort. Survival for an orphan is accommodated in surprise; and the only thing an orphan has in common with the rest is life; this is where the image and likeness of God exist.
Growing up during the Nigerian civil war in the late 1960s and battling through survival, existence for many was like sitting on a crucible of helplessness, many young people became orphans because their parents were casualties of the war. These orphans, living in overwhelming frustrations had only life and hope in God. And that was when the Church stepped in to sustain the hopeful, provided reliefs in kind and in spirit, and many of us saw the Church, Catholic agencies and missionaries as God’s agents in unseen clothing; and for many, the faithful who witnessed the end of the war through the support of the Church, it was and remains the confirmation that we cannot be orphans while loving and having faith in God.
God has His definition of agreement with those who have faith in Him and those we might call spiritual orphans; one could be an orphan when you distance yourself from wrongdoings of this world because it comes with frustrations, temptations and abandonment by parents, relations, friends and society. For a faithful orphan, whether spiritual or otherwise, God’s grace is the sustaining drive. To maintain the drive, keep your leg on the throttle of belief, this is what is important.
(Today’s Oxygen by Julius Otusorochukwu Dike)
Prayer: Lord, please help us to sustain our faith and hope in you, for we are faithful to your cause; guide our path in our determination to follow you and remove any inhibiting condition. We believe and trust you will continue to guide us. Amen.
Thanksgiving: Dear Lord, we thank you for protecting us and guiding us to remain faithful to you because you have not left any orphan in any form alone without support. Thank you, Lord, Amen.