ASK ANYTHING OF THE FATHER…

Acts 18:9-18

9 And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent;10 for I am with you, and no man shall attack you to harm you; for I have many people in this city.”
11 And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack upon Paul and brought him before the tribunal,13 saying, “This man is persuading men to worship God contrary to the law.”
14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, I should have reason to bear with you, O Jews;15 but since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves; I refuse to be a judge of these things.”
16 And he drove them from the tribunal.
17 And they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to this.
18 After this Paul stayed many days longer, and then took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchre-ae he cut his hair, for he had a vow.

John 16:20-23

20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.21 When a woman is in travail she has sorrow, because her hour has come; but when she is delivered of the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a child is born into the world.
22 So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name.  

MEDITATION

THE FIRST READING: The Jews who detested Paul and his co-evangelists progress whereby they increased the number of Jewish and pagan converts to the Christian faith, sought to cajole the Roman senator Gallio to expell him from the city. Paul however received a revelation from God to not be afraid of those who wish to shipwreck his ministry. Moreover, God promise to protect Paul and commands him to not allow his naysayers to silence him. Gallio applied his mind and paid no attention to the ignoramus request of the Jews.

THE GOSPEL READING: Our Lord example the excruciating birth pains of a woman, in a metaphoric sense, to explain the temporary anguish the apostles will experience when Christ is no longer with them, to the extent that they will not indulge the Lord to aid them!

It is a pity how the health and wealth styled evangelical pastors misrepresented God’s word to empty the pockets of sincere desperate believers! Correctly understood, Christ did not issue a blank cheque that the twelve will receive whatever they ask for! Not so, Christ explicitly focussed on the matter of our temporal trails, pain and suffering that can so easily morph into unhappines; misery; dispair, discouragement and depression to the extent that we may even contemplate suicide which is the antithesis of  spiritual joy! In these trying moments, you and I are called to ask God ‘anything’ that shall subdue and dismiss all evil inclinations, spiritual attacks that is intended to derail our love of the Lord! To be joyfull is to dismiss evil and sing the praises of God and allow His indwelling Spirit to operate in us to become a holy people!

LET US PRAY:Psalms 47:2-7
2 For the LORD, the Most High, is terrible, a great king over all the earth. 3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. 4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. [Selah]
5 God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 7 For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

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