Our life’s surprises!

May 12, 2015  Acts 16:22-34;        John 16:5-11

Guest blogger: SMAlbertine, cssf

Guest blogger: SMAlbertine, cssf

As today’s first reading unfolds … it reads as a drama … with the elements of surprise … fear … wonder … and freedom … rolled into one.

Here’s how it plays out: Paul and Silas are in prison and heavily guarded.

God intervenes with a surprise earthquake that breaks them out of bondage. Fearing that all prisoners have escaped during his watch … the guard intends to kill himself. But … Paul intervenes to save the guard from death … in fact … he is restored to new life through conversion and baptism.

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!

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