FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Fifth Saturday of Easter Time
May 25, 2019
WORD of the DAY
He reached (also) Derb and Lystra where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him, and Paul wanted him to come along with him. On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they traveled from city to city, they handed on to the people for observance the decisions reached by the apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem. Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith and increased in number.
They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory because they had been prevented by the holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia. When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them, so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas. During [the] night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, we sought passage to Macedonia at once, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. (Acts 16: 1-10)
How shall I live this Word?
This passage of the Acts of the Apostles helps us understand what moved in the early Church in a vital way. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, meets Timothy in one of his apostolic journeys. This young man is the son of a Jewish woman, a believer, and of a Greek father. We note here that one’s social-cultural extraction has nothing to do with a reality especially tied to an absolute Judaism. However, Paul is so sure he acts under the dictates of the Lord that he does not hesitate to have Timothy circumcised to please the Jews. At the same time, he takes Timothy with him and makes him a collaborator in evangelizing activity to strengthen in the faith those who already believed and to go where the Spirit of Jesus guided them.
Lord, thank You that this first small group of Christians was strong in the faith. Thank You for Paul and Timothy, for their fraternal and sincere collaboration animated by the Gospel. Just as the primitive Church blossomed with new believers because of this apostolic solidarity, may the Church of today do the same. You, me, all of us are Church. We live what Jesus taught us, increasingly being credible witnesses who draw to the Lord’s path many sisters and brothers who are confused in the darkness of an indifference that borders on atheism.
A Voice from the 20th century
Jesus and His first followers proclaimed and witnessed to the Gospel with their life. Grant that there may be many believers who give a new face that is truly Christian to history.
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