Pondering for Saturday, April 18th 2020

Eucahristic Readings for Saturday of Easter Week 2020: All Years

Acts 4:13-21  Psalm 118:14-18 or Psalm 118:19-24  Mark 16:9-15,20

“But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4: 19 – 20)

This is something we don’t think enough about, that is, what is right in God’s eyes.  No matter where we are or who we are with, God is always present, and looking and listening. I will confess that I still find myself in situations where I am saying things about one person to someone else that I wouldn’t say if the subject person was present.  I forget that God is standing right beside me. I’m getting better, but not quite there yet.

Sometimes it is hard to hear what God is saying.  Many people try to find similar life situations or problems in the Bible in order to discern what God said then and apply it to now.  This does not often work and maybe not what God is saying to us now.  Each time, each situation and each people have their own, and often very different responses, from God.

Peter and John learned from our Lord Jesus that prayer brings about the voice of God. And just as they were partnered in their standing before the rulers and elders and scribes as formerly uneducated men being only fishermen, they consoled with God and fed off each other for even wiser counsel with God in the mix.

Each one of us, clergy or not, needs another person, of whom we respect their caring and nurture, that we can voice our concerns with.  And then we must be willing to heed their counsel given to us. This is not to take away our own “alone” time. But sometimes God needs to use the voice of a trusted friend to say a word or two that will enhance our discernment and decision making. God is good, all the time. God wants what is good for us. Often our church traditions and/or public laws conflict with the good that God wants for us.  We must listen to the Holy Spirit of God speaking through others and understand what is right in God’s eyes. It varies from situation to situation.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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