Guest blogger: smas
May 27, 2014 Acts 16:22-34; John 16:5-11
The drama in today’s first reading unfolds as surprise … fear … wonder … and freedom.
Paul and Silas have rocked the boat … are in prison and heavily guarded. God intervenes with a surprise earthquake that breaks them out of bondage. Fearing that on his watch … all prisoners have escaped … the guard sees no way out and intends to kill himself. Paul’s intervention prevents that from happening … the jailer is saved from death … is converted and baptized. Surprise … fear … wonder … and freedom are all present in this single event.
Our God is full of surprises … and always at work in our lives. Maybe not as dramatically as in the first reading … but certainly through marvelous and surprising ways.
This is reinforced with the promise Jesus leaves with us in the Gospel … the promise of an Advocate … the Holy Spirit to guide us and gift us through our moments of surprise … fear … wonder … and freedom.
God is with us … He will never fail us.
May we trust in God through our life’s surprises!
photo by smas