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News headlines often shock us!
They betray a human nature
that knows how to live today's Password:
Know how to wait ... for revenge, for a justice outside God's,
for the downfall of someone...
But do we Know how to wait to love, to forgive,
to be reconciled, to be at peace?
Paul's enemies from Pisidian Antioch wait
to poison their neighbours against Paul:
despite the miracle in Lystra at the hand of Paul,
and despite wanting to offer sacrifice
to the "gods come down to earth" ,
they "stoned Paul and dragged him outside the town,
thinking he was dead" (Acts 14:19-28).
Amazing how some people will go to the ends of earth
to see that you are not successful.
Why this jealousy? This uncontrollable hatred and envy?
May we never be drawn into that,
and when we witness that in others, pray for them
- heap coals of fire of love upon their heads.
Jesus has already died for them because
"they do not know what they are doing..."
Miraculously Paul survives,
for he Knows how to wait .
He and Barnabas go off to Derbe to begin again:
preaching the Good News and witnessing to a Jesus
risen and glorified...
We must always begin again to fulfill God's Will.
Never give up,
no matter how serious the accusations may be leveled against you,
or how despondent you may become
because of what others may have done to you, or said about you.
Never give up.
Always start again to love,
the way Jesus has loved you.
Know how to wait to love, to forgive, to live the Gospel,
for that is the way to "return home"
as Paul and Barnabas do: they leave Derbe,
visit Lystra, (what a risk!), Iconium and Antioch,
"appointing elders" to supervise the "church" ,
then travel south to Perga, and on to Attalia
to sail home to Antioch in Syria.
The church back home lived the Password:
Know how to wait.
What excitement and joy must have greeted them:
a sense of peace and fulfillment
at having completed the Will of God for the church:
"God had opened the door of faith to the pagans"
through Paul and Barnabas!
They were living the words of Jesus in today's Gospel
"I am doing exactly what the Father told me"
.... because they Know how to wait .
Change the headlines for today!
Know how to wait for forgiving someone,
for being reconciled to another,
to thus have the peace promised by Jesus in the Gospel:
"Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you,
a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you."
Know how to wait and be freed!