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May 12, 2018

Acts 18:23-28

After spending some time there he departed and went from place to place through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.

Now there came to Ephesus a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria. He was an eloquent man, well-versed in the scriptures. He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord; and he spoke with burning enthusiasm and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately.

And when he wished to cross over to Achaia, the believers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. On his arrival he greatly helped those who through grace had become believers, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the scriptures that the Messiah is Jesus.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Gentle correction

In today’s reading from Acts, we hear about the church in Ephesus.  There was a man there who was full of zeal for Christ and began preaching to the Jews in the synagogue.  While his message is correct, it is not complete so “when Priscilla and Aquila heard [Apollos], they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately.”  Priscilla and Aquila were also Christians who preached about Jesus. But instead of feeling jealous or threatened when this new preacher arrived, they pull him aside to correct his teaching when necessary.  They do not embarrass him or point out they have a fuller understanding. They teach him, so that his own understanding of Jesus grows in order that he can spread the Good News to others.

Are there people in our lives who we have the opportunity to engage in conversation about Christ?  How can we help them to grow in their relationship with Jesus without judgement?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord.

Amen.

—St. Benedict of Nurcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 12, 2018

Acts 18:23-28

After spending some time there he departed and went from place to place through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.

Now there came to Ephesus a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria. He was an eloquent man, well-versed in the scriptures. He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord; and he spoke with burning enthusiasm and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately.

And when he wished to cross over to Achaia, the believers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. On his arrival he greatly helped those who through grace had become believers, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the scriptures that the Messiah is Jesus.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Gentle correction

In today’s reading from Acts, we hear about the church in Ephesus.  There was a man there who was full of zeal for Christ and began preaching to the Jews in the synagogue.  While his message is correct, it is not complete so “when Priscilla and Aquila heard [Apollos], they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately.”  Priscilla and Aquila were also Christians who preached about Jesus. But instead of feeling jealous or threatened when this new preacher arrived, they pull him aside to correct his teaching when necessary.  They do not embarrass him or point out they have a fuller understanding. They teach him, so that his own understanding of Jesus grows in order that he can spread the Good News to others.

Are there people in our lives who we have the opportunity to engage in conversation about Christ?  How can we help them to grow in their relationship with Jesus without judgement?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord.

Amen.

—St. Benedict of Nurcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!