Toward the end of his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul reveals a crucial spiritual principal: we foster our faith in Jesus Christ so that we can help pass it on to others. If we are not cultivating our love for the Lord, how can we share it with those we meet?
The example of Apollos shows that a disciple can be passionate about sharing the faith AND open to learning from those who have more education and experience. It’s a good reminder for us as we grow in grace and follow Jesus Christ.
Paul preaches a carefully crafted, well thought out, passionate message to the people of Athens…and they scoffed and walked away. Paul’s response to this outcome is instructive; he faithfully continues to the next city, telling people about Jesus.
Prayerfully reading the Bible (often called Lectio Divina – Divine Reading) is a powerful way the listen to what God has to say to our lives. Reading a small passage of Scripture we reflect and respond to the Lord by answering three simple questions: What does it say? What does it say to me? What does it make me say?
As the disciples return praising God for the power they used in the name of Jesus, the Lord reveals this power as the fulfillment of God’s plan for salvation history. Our task today? To continue to let Jesus work through the daily offering of our lives.
In the Gospel today the Lord cleanses the temple and then teaches the people. Every time we enter into a church and stand before the Blessed Sacrament in the tablernacle, we encounter the same Risen Lord – body and blood, soul and divinity.