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