In our darkest moments, God can bring forth good. Just take a look at Acts (today’s reading). St. Steven is martyred, Christians are forced to scatter across the countryside due to persecution, and all looks bleak. The apostles, who find themselves caught up in this mayhem, continue to bring the Good News wherever they find themselves. They are motivated by something other than their sufferings and in their wake are joy, healing, and hope.
Have you ever wondered with awe at those people who seemed to face hardships with serenity? They don’t seem to ask why, or even demand that their lives become easier. They simply look to the Divine for guidance and strength and proceed. It’s not that they don’t weep or feel afraid. It’s that they know from life experience that God is capable of bringing good from evil. They want to be part of that by allowing God to work through them as they live through whatever life has dished out.
Even in darkness let your eyes be on the Lord who will see you through. If you can muster the faith, pray that Christ work through your sufferings to effect good even though you may not see or understand how, what, when, or where this can happen. Then proceed with the actions you must take to deal with the circumstances in which you find yourself. Like the apostles perhaps you’ll leave in your wake joy, healing, and hope.
Picture: The Stoning & Burial of St. Stephen by Mariotto de Nardo, 1408. Public Domain because the author died over 70 yrs ago)