FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
SIXTH THURSDAY OF EASTER
26 May 2022
Every sabbath, he entered into discussions in the synagogue, attempting to convince both Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began to occupy himself totally with preaching the word, testifying to the Jews that the Messiah was Jesus. When they opposed him and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your heads! I am clear of responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” (Acts 18:4-6)
How shall I live this Word?
From this short passage we highlight “he discussed, he tried to convince, they opposed, he testified, I will go to the pagans.” These are situations that we often experience when we talk about Jesus to others, even to Christians without Christ, without faith or who live it only as pure formalism. We look for all the rational arguments to make them meet with Jesus Christ, the Risen One, but we easily collect failures. There are those who oppose it for various reasons, but we continue undeterred without considering that our testimony and dialogue alone cannot open a breach in the hearts of others if the Holy Spirit does not act. Only in silent listening prayer can we understand if we must continue or if we are wasting time, or if we must have the courage to go elsewhere. Here we are helped by living the first three lines of the prayer of simplicity.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. “
The Voice of Pope Francis – Audience 8 May 2013
When the Church loses this apostolic courage, it stops the Church. It is neat, beautiful; all beautiful, but without fruitfulness, because she has lost the courage to go to the peripheries where there are so many people who are victims of idolatry, worldliness, weak thinking.
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