Wednesday, 4/19/17 — God Is With You

We’re a few days past Easter Sunday, and – like the believers of the day – we might be struggling to understand what it all means. I mean, sure, the triumph of our Lord and Savior over death is obviously a great thing, but . . . well . . . what does it mean to our day-to-day lives?

You see some of this question peeking out of the corners of today’s readings. In the first reading from Acts, we see Peter (walking with John) healing a crippled man “in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean.” In the Gospel selection from Luke, we have a story of two of Jesus’ disciples walking with a stranger to Emmaus, debating among themselves (and discussing with the stranger) the amazing sequence of events from Friday to Sunday; the stranger, of course, turns out to be Jesus.

I feel like I’m often fairly analytical in my dissections of the daily readings, but today, my reflections have all turned to one idea: God is with us.

Whether our Heavenly Father with his chosen people, Jesus with his disciples, and the Holy Spirit with us today, God is with us.

Are you – like Peter healing the crippled man – feeling strong in your faith, able to act in ways you know would be impossible were it not for the gifts and guidance of the Almighty? God is with you.

Are you – like John – with someone of great faith, but unsure about what your next step should be, perhaps willing to be quiet while your companion proclaims the Truth? God is with you.

Are you – like the speaker of today’s Psalm – filled with love for the Lord, your heart shouting out, “Sing to him, sing his praise, proclaim all his wondrous deeds”? God is with you.

Are you – like the travelers to Emmaus – unsure about life or what it all means? God is with you.

God is with you if you want to serve His people. God is with you if you want to spread His truth. God is with you if you want to exclaim His love.

But God is also with you if you have doubts, if you need to talk to Him, if you’re trying to put the pieces together. God is with you if you’re going through personal hardship. God is with you if you’re going through challenges, or trying to live in a tumultuous society, or struggling to make sense of the good and bad you’ve seen in life. God is with you, waiting to talk with or listen to you in your prayerful heart, willing to inspire or comfort you through Sacred Scripture, hoping to comfort and bolster you through the teachings and Traditions of the Church.

God is with you if you’re inspired, if you’re sad, if you’re jubilant, if you’re struggling, if you’re self-assured. God is with you.

The only catch? It’s up to you to recognize this gift, this wonderful opportunity. If God were walking next to you, would you recognize it? If God gave you the power to bring the Word to the uncertain, would you utilize it? If God gave you the joy in your heart, do you have the courage to give it voice?

God is willing and able to be with all of us. God wants to be with all of us. Life’s journey is long, and doubts or questions can gnaw at all of us along the way. But the absence of certainty doesn’t mean the absence of God. God is with you. Even if you face uncertainty, you never do so alone. God is with you . . . always.

Today’s readings: Acts 3:1-10; Ps 105:1-2,3-4,6-7,8-9; Lk 24:13-35

About the Author

Despite being a professional writer and editor for over 15 years, Steven Marsh is more-or-less winging it when it comes to writing about matters of faith. Steven entered the church in 2005, and since then he's been involved with various ministries, including Pre-Cana marriage prep for engaged couples, religious education for kindergarteners, and Stephen Ministry's one-on-one caregiving. Steven lives in Indiana with his wife and son. Despite having read the entirety of the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, he's still surprised at elements he rediscovers or reflects upon in new ways. The more Steven learns about the faith, the less he feels he knows; he's keen to emphasize that any mistakes are his own.

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  1. Thanks a lot for the wonderful reflection.. May the our God help us to be strong in faith with him and may we as human always sick m his love and mercy whenever we go ashtray. Amen

  2. Thank you very much Steve, this is exactly what I needed hear. thank you for letting the God with you speak to me. God bless you.

  3. God just spoke to me through you, Steve. I sorely needed to hear this today and wish that I could talk to you some more. Thank you and God bless you.

  4. Thanks Steve for your great reflection
    May God be and remain with us always as we require Him in our every day life. God bless you Steve

  5. i know you are with me, Lord. in these days of my sufferings I feel you are besides me. You know Lord how heavy these budens Iam carrying, but like the crippled man , you make me walk and carry on. thank you Lord for my strong faith in you.

  6. Thank you Steve for your ENCOURAGEMENT. May the GOOD LORD enable me to really believe that HE is with me in this very moment, as I am grappling with life’s CHALLENGES

  7. This is exactly the feeling I had when I read today’s readings! I thought it was interesting that Jesus had “vanished from their sight” right after the breaking of the bread. He is there in the Eucharist, in body, in their sight. We don’t always see or recognize our Lord Jesus, but he is always there. Even when we don’t see Him with our eyes. His presence never leaves us. Thanks be to God!

  8. It is just but awesome that God talks to us and answer our prayers thru other people…
    Thank you,steven.
    To God be the glory.

  9. That was a beautiful reflection! Thank you, Steven! Today my heart overflows wih gratitude and praise. I took my 1 year old to the cardiologist because of a murmur in her heart. I was feeling so confident that our loving God was (and still is) with us. It turns out that my daughter’s heart is perfect. Glory to God! 💙

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