(Sorry, I missed Tues, wasn’t feeling well. Back to normal now.) PRAYER: LET MY MOUTH BE FILLED WITH YOUR PRAISE, THAT I MAY SING ALOUD; MY LIPS SHALL SHOUT FOR JOY, WHEN I SING TO YOU, ALLELUIA. ps 71(70):8,23
reading from the Acts of the Apostles: There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem, and all were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria, except the Apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him. (Remember, Saul was there when the stoned Stephen to death) Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church; entering house after house and dragging out men and women, he handed them over for imprisonment.
Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word. Thus Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ to them. With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing. For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice, came out of many possessed people, and many paralyzed and crippled people were cured. There was great joy in that city. The word of the Lord.
Now: this crisis turns into an occasion of grace: Thanks to the scattering of the disciples and the Apostles, the BREAD OF LIFE is also scattered to “many possessed people and many paralyzed and crippled people.” “WHOEVER COMES TO ME WILL NEVER HUNGER.” Those rejected by the world respond by offering Christ’s own promise: “I WILL NOT REJECT ANYONE WHO COMES TO ME.” Some time bad things happen for reasons, the faith was spread because of the scattering.
LET ALL THE EARTH CRY OUT TO GOD WITH JOY.