Saturday 7th June – Saturday of the 7th week of Easter
Reflection: Acts 28: 16-20.30-31
KEEP HOPE ALIVE
Dear friends in Christ, a hope filled Christian cannot but display insurmountable courage when his faith is tested. Such great courage is seen in the life of St Paul in today’s reading. He persisted in his work for the Gospel of Christ despite rejection from his own people. The pressure of failure, hardships, disappointments, betrayal, and all such things could not outweigh the hope of glory that St. Paul foresaw hence, his words “…for it is on account of the hope of Israel that I wear this chain” Acts 28:20.
Beloved, our hope in God must stay strong even when all physical evidence does not seem favourable. Hope must be the driving force for our lives; helping our faith and love to grow stronger. As Christians, we are people of hope. Let the hope of Heaven keep your mind away from all the tricks of the tempter, the attendant pleasures of sin and the vain glory this world offers. Keep hope alive, keep believing and you would not be disappointed.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, never let me lose my hope in you. Help me to find rest in you always. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 308 – What is hope?
Hope is the power by which we firmly and constantly long for what we were placed on earth to do: to praise God and to serve him; and for our true happiness, which is finding our fulfillment in God; and for our final home: in God.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Be strong, be courageous, all you that hope in the Lord” Psalm 31:24 GNB
Readings for Today: Acts 28: 16-20, 30-31; Psalm 11: 4-7; John 21: 20-25