The Greek city of Corinth has a special place in the Christian story and our eucharistic memory store. Corinth was Paul’s greatest challenge. He had success there, but also resistance, as we hear in today’s excerpt from Acts. In the gospel, Jesus talks about the anguish of a woman in labor. The pain of childbirth, however, is soon forgotten and is replaced with joy when the child is born
There is anguish amongst us, too, as we continue to grapple with the lingering effects of a dangerous virus that has changed our way of life beyond anything we could ever have imagined. At the same time, we wonder what new opportunities for faith-filled living will come after our time of confinement.
The readings for today’s Eucharist, both from the Book of Acts and the Gospel of John, offer words of wisdom to Christians of all times in situations of uncertainty and anguish. To Paul and to us, Jesus says, “Do not be afraid,” words that never lose their power to lift us from our gloom. To the Apostles and to us, Jesus says that “your grief will turn to joy,” and that “whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you.” Both situations invite a response of deep faith, trust, and prayer.
As we continue our Easter journey, may our faith and trust give witness in a world re-formed in the crucible of isolation, suffering, and loss, confident that our risen Lord is with us and that the Father will respond to our prayers made in his name.
Let Us Pray:
O God, we implore you that our broken world be healed in the renewal brought about through the resurrection of your son, Jesus.
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