God Is No Spectator (Sun. May 30)

The word of the day is “hand.”  A prevailing belief about God is that He is a kind and benevolent spectator who watches over people on earth.  He wants everyone to be good and happy.  But he does not get involved in people’s lives except in dire emergencies.  Today we hear to the contrary how the hand of the Almighty worked in Old Testament  history and the early church. In our reading of Acts 11:19-26, 29-30, we learn how Gentiles first became members of the fellowship of faith.  When persecution scattered the believers in Jerusalem, some sought refuge in distant places, preaching the Word of Christ as they went.  Some of these Hellenists, that is, Greek-speaking Jews, shared their faith…