23 April, 2020

We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit.

~ Acts 5:32 ~

In one way or another, we have all witnessed Jesus’ tragic death on the cross. Be it through a passion play or through reading the scripture. We too suffer pain in our lives. It is through his resurrection that we remain hopeful for a better tomorrow.

We have wounds and scars buried deep in our hearts. Scars we hide from the world because of fear of what the world will think of us. The apostles, unlike us, found the courage through Jesus’ resurrection to speak the truth.
Today we have to a large extent lost the meaning of “truth” because we have been victims of lies. Lies told to us by others and the lies we tell others and ourselves. I often ask myself: given an opportunity to give testimony of how I have witnessed God in my life, what would I say? Would I tell of the near-death experiences from which he has saved me? Or would it be how he has taught me not to seek revenge for all the wrongs committed against me?
Today, even if we are not publicly saying it out loud for the world to hear, I take this moment to say to myself: “I am a witness, through the Holy Spirit, that God is love – for he has done wonders for me. Even through the pain and misery, he walks by my side.”


Today Lord, in the midst of so much despair in the world, may I take courage in you. May I draw strength from your love God, that I may be comforted in this time. Amen.


Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by

Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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