HOMILY OF TUESDAY 11TH OF MAY,2021
SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER YEAR B
R1:- Acts 16:22-34
Accl:- John 16:7.13
Gosp:- John 16:5-11
THEME: WITNESSING WITH BROKEN CHAIN: FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
It takes divine strength to smile amidst our troubles. If we give ourselves to God’s work without reservation, he will always preserve us for whatever task he has given to us. His spirit in us gives us the boldness to proclaim him in season and out of season.
Instead of being moody in the prison, Paul and Silas were filled with joy of the Holy Spirit. They burst into God’s praise, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.”
We see in today’s reading that with God’s praise, their chains on the apostles were broken. As long as we remain moody, we shall not be free from the encumbrances. But when we keep our sanity and are always joyful, what we think is impossible becomes possible.
Hence, we must not allow any situation to break us down. The bright spirit we maintain in times of trouble will go a long way to attract people to us. It makes people ask us for the secret of our strength. Even those who kick against us or those who bent on bringing us down must be drawn to wonder at the source of our strength.
However, the jailer wanted to kill himself, thinking that Paul and Silas had escaped. It was Paul who stopped him from committing suicide.
Therefore, our testimony should create avenues for bringing people to Jesus, rather than seeing it as reason to mock our enemies. God used Paul and Silas to save the jailer and his household.
May the Holy Spirit never depart from us. And may our testimonies help to bring others closer to Christ. Amen.