First Reading Acts 16:9-15
God worked faith in the heart of Lydia and she was washed clean in the waters of Holy Baptism where she was made part of God’s family. Word and Sacrament, the means by which our Helper the Holy Spirit brings us the help we need. Our Gospel text today from St. John contains those familiar words of Jesus: “33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33). These very words of our Saviour are spoken for our comfort out of the love that carried Him to the cross. For “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps 46:1). Praise be to God for the help and the Helper.