The first line from the Acts of Apostles is not very consoling. A great persecution has broken out and everyone has scattered.
We hopefully will never know this type of persecution, where we gather up the few belongings we can physically carry and literally run, anywhere where they might be some safety. We see in Ukraine today some example of this terrifying persecution. People looking for safety. Not sure where the next meal will come. Terrified, scared, feeling abandoned.
For the people in the Acts of the Apostles we can now look back and see God’s grace at work even in persecution. As the people scattered, they took the Word of God with them and shared their faith openly with others. Evangelization had begun under great stress. Wherever there is evil God’s grace is even more evident.
I wish that the peoples of Ukraine would not have to endure such suffering and pain. But I always keep in mind that God is pouring out great graces upon these people and those who are sacrificing so much to help them in this time of need.
God permits evil to happen, but He also expects all of us to be there to offer aide and comfort to the best of our abilities. What can I do? The pope has asked that we offer a Rosary every day for their intention. That is a very good start. Through prayer God will reveal to each of us how we can be His hands and feet.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen