29 April, 2020

They went from place to place, preaching the good news

~ Acts 8:4 ~

This was a hard time for the apostles because they were at risk of persecution for what they believed in. Out of fear, many fled Jerusalem to seek safety in other places. But amazingly even though they were on the run, they never stopped preaching the good news they believed in. Fear never crippled them from working towards sharing the good news with others.


I ask myself, what does this mean to me in the situation I find myself in today? In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic do I choose to reach out to be an agent of hope and bearer of good news to others even feeling as fearful as I do? Or do I hide thinking of myself as insignificant in this whole situation?


The way I see it, as hard as it may be, I have a choice here. To hold onto the risen Christ who makes it clear that he is the way to eternal life and be hopeful. Or to sink deeper into the dark pit of fear. We do not have to go it alone. God never forces himself onto us, but he does reach out his hand to us, offering us his companionship and support on the journey. I can choose to take the hand offered to me and ask for the grace of courage to continue to witness to the good news of the resurrection, even in these uncertain times.


Lord, I pray today that you hold my hand through my time of fear.


That I may know beyond doubt that you will never turn me away when I come to you.




Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by

Mrs Ursula van Nierop

Ursula van Nierop was born in Germiston. After completing her schooling at the St Thomas Aquinas Convent in Witbank, she obtained a B.Nursing (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990. She went on to work as a midwife at the Johannesburg Hospital. In 1999, Ursula started working for the Society of Jesus as secretary to the Regional Superior. In 2005, she was appointed as the Finance Officer for the Society of Jesus in South Africa. She moved to the Jesuit Institute as the Deputy Director in 2016. Here she is involved in the day to day management of the Institute office and various projects. Ursula believes that it is the role of all to make a difference in our society, especially to those on the margins. Ursula is married to Martin and they have five children.

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