The first reading today had Paul facing the Sanhedrin and they got to stirred up that he had to be rescued from their midst. It is so powerful to experience that "the Lord stood by him and said, "Take courage..." St Paul, who did not encounter Jesus and persecuted him until he was knocked off his horse and blinded on the road... now has him come and stand beside him and give him the courage he needs to go forth! How I also feel this presence as The Holy Spirit touches me in my journey. The fingerprint of Jesus as he touches me on my shoulder and tells me to take courage! I will name a few of these times - coming into The Church with my family, when my husband told me that the world needs lights in answer to my question about having a large family, when the prayer warriors lifted up John and he was healed, when my grandson, Patrick, was born dead and brought back to life.
The Lord certainly showers us with the LOVE which he has been given by His Father in Heaven! LIFE is such an amazing small slice of heaven if only we have Jesus stand beside us and fills us with the courage to share The Truth and die so self so that The Holy Spirit can use us as his hands and feet! Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless, Barb