Lent 5, Tuesday, Year B

Inspired by Acts 2:14-24 

“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know—this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.” Acts 2:22-24 (NRSV) 

Sometimes it may seem as though the powers against God are winning. The priorities of self seem to have more support and acceptance than the priorities of God, and those working to defeat injustice and cruelty in the world seem thwarted at every turn.

But this world was created by God for us, and we were created by God for God. Nothing is happening outside of God’s foreknowledge, and nothing can happen that will thwart God’s ultimate will for his creation. Even the death of Jesus at the hands of ‘those outside the law’ could not thwart God’s plan for salvation, and he did the impossible and raised him up, freeing him from death’s power, because it was not God’s will for his Son to be held by that power.

No matter how much it may seem that God is losing the battle, know that it’s impossible for God to lose. Whatever happens, God will turn it around and make it his victory, just as he turned the crucifixion of his Son into his victory of life over death.

Let us pray. Omnipotent God, you have power over all things. Grant us the patience to wait on you, that we may trust in your goodness in the face of selfishness, apathy, and evil. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.