Trust: Do not be afraid, believe. Acts 27:23-26. “For the last night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emperor; and God has granted safety to all those who are with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. But we will have to run aground on some island.”
Reflection. In the midst of the tempest Paul’s encouragement and hope contradicted the fear and despair of his fellow travellers. Our common call to be disciples of Jesus Christ entails being a sign of contradiction. In a world riven with anxieties, we are called to stand as witnesses to hope by placing our trust in God’s loving providence.
Prayer. Almighty God, our personal suffering leads us to cry out in pain and we shrink in fear when we experience sickness or the death of loved ones. Teach us to trust you. May the churches we belong to be signs of you.
Make us true disciples of your Son who taught us to listen to your word and to serve one another. In confidence we ask this in the name of your and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Offer a prayer to Our Lady.