Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Memorial Feast: Pope Pius, Pope (1504-+1572) Patron Saint of Malta
Acts of the Apostles 13:26-33, Psalm 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, & John 14:1-6
The theme in today's readings appears to be belief and trust in God. The first reading from Acts makes us stop and ask ourselves, "When in my life have I failed to recognize God or failed to see that an event was a blessing from God." The reading reminds us to find God in all things and to stay prayerful on our journey, living life according to the example of Jesus and following God's hopes and desires for us.
"Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice before him; with trembling rejoice." In reading the last line of Psalm 2, we get a feeling of overwhelming thankfulness for all that God has blessed us with, including a strong belief in the power of God.
Finally, the Gospel of Saint John sums up Jesus' promise to His disciples and us as He proclaims, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." These two sentences bring comfort to all who have lost their belief and trust in God. They are simple to understand and designed for all ears to hear. These two sentences should be memorized by all who believe in Jesus' promise to lead us to the Father.
Reflecting on today's Gospel would not be complete without pondering the relationship between Thomas and Jesus. In my youth, I remember thinking about why Thomas had difficulty believing when he walked alongside Jesus for three years. Thomas asks, "Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?" In many cases, we must invoke the power of quiet prayer. We want to trust and go in a "way" that will unfold according to God's plan for us. We want to trust God's will, regardless of what it might be.
The answer to our unyielding trust in God is a simple one as Jesus reminds us, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me." Two sentences we should commit to memory. Don't you agree?
Question of the Day: Will you trust in God regardless of the trials of life you may now face or face in the future?
Prayer: "Jesus, I Trust in You!" Amen.