First Reading: Acts 18:9-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gospel: John 16:20-23
The message from todays readings can be summed up in one line that we get from Jesus in the Gospels. “On that day you will not question me about anything” (John 16:23). How often have you discussed with a friend or thought about what you would ask God when you made it to heaven? Of all the questions you have here on Earth, which would you start with? Jesus states that our questions here on Earth are just that, questions here on Earth. That by the time we meet him again in Heaven we won’t have anything to ask.
Over a weekend retreat recently, something tragic happened. Within this tragedy we turned this retreat into a break from reality to take the time to mourn together and be with God in all this. We were broken, shocked, sad, angry, mad, confused, and we brought it all to the Lord and each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. A fellow missionary and I were checking in on each other three days after and in our conversation he said, “I can’t wait for when it’s our time and the veil of everything becomes removed and we get to see the whole picture to this tragedy and just how beautiful it is.” It was when he said that I remembered THATS HOW GOD WORKS.
We can be like the Jews who rise against Paul or we reflect and remember “God is King of all the Earth” (PS 47:7). Our grief becomes joy and its all through the Father. That whatever we ask of the Father shall be given just not as we assume. We must enter into this challenge of humility and thanksgiving that is beyond us. Pray with these passages today and ask for God’s grace in being more open in understanding to His will.