In today’s reading from Acts, we hear of jealousy fueled by fear that leads to chaos. What drives the behaviour? Surely it has something to do with letting emotions lead the actions while the thinking part of the brain is mostly left out of the loop. Why are they afraid? It seems that the mob becomes enraged because ordinary people, and especially leading women, resonate with the message of good news about the risen Christ. Somebody has to pay.
My uncle, as part of the west coast fishing fleet, told of a crew member who shot at a grizzly bear wandering on the shore. The ship was far enough off shore that the bear felt the sting but was not seriously hurt. Her cub, trailing behind, was sent sprawling by mama who thought that this innocent cub had caused her pain.
In our text for today, Jason would have understood that image as he was dragged before the authorities by the mob. It is a reminder that in the daily journey, the peace of God in my life enables me, if and when I hear that still, small voice, to pause and be thoughtful, especially in emotionally charged circumstances. Thanks be to God!
God of truth, help us to be calm and thoughtful this day. Amen. — RB