Greetings on this the Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Readings: Acts 16:22-34; PS 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8; Jn 16:5-11
Note: By the way, infant baptism is an ancient tradition and the first reading supports such theology (he and all his family were baptized at once). Confirmation confirms the baptism of faith by parents on behalf of infants with the teen now confirming the very baptism they received. Confirmation completes baptism in its fullest.
Again we see in these series of readings the coming together of two worlds.
One of darkness and imprisonment and one of light and life.
It is the encounter and conversion we focus on.
while Paul and Silas were praying
and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened
Conversion by the power of G-d.
(the jailer) He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds;
then he and all his family were baptized at once.
He brought them up into his house and provided a meal
and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.
Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
Jesus is sending the Advocate.
The Advocate has a particular role in this revelation by Jesus:
when he comes he will convict the world
in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
sin, because they do not believe in me;
righteousness, because I am going to the Father.
Sin = mistakes.
Unbelief = discounting the Beatitudes and the New Law of Love.
Righteousness = right relation with God and one another.
I attached a meme visual to the post of the radical right.
- How is this ever a reflection of the Father?
- How is this ever a meeting of two worlds for conversion and salvation?
It is a meme not of praying and singing hymns to God but of fear.
The same fear that consumes the torturer.
It is a mirror response.
Fight/Flight is not the reaction of a Christian.
Rather we pray and sing of the One who frees mankind from hatred and fear.
Go the right way.
Peace be with you,