“You have borne witness for me in Jerusalem, now you must do the same in Rome”
Thursday, 28 May 2020
Acts 22:30,23:6-11; Psalm 16:1-11, John 17:20-26.
It is fascinating to trace the travels of St Paul in the Acts of the Apostles. A sometimes dizzying account of an apostle on the move, the book creates a vivid impression of the post-resurrection lives of the disciples of Jesus and a veritable itinerary of the expansion of the Christian faith.
The story of Saul, who became Paul, is most dramatic because we have some of his letters that flesh out the issues and challenges he and the early Christians faced at the time. Why does this matter? Because, for religious and non-religious observers alike, it helps us see in microcosm the development of a world faith.
For Christians, it is also an opportunity to see how faith is lived and proclaimed – on the hop – responding to the challenges of daily life. And, with Paul, we see how sometimes the work does not ever seem to end. Just as one thing is dealt with something new happens. Once you think you are settled in a place or way of life, …you may be called elsewhere to do something completely different.
Are we ready to listen carefully to God’s call to us and if needs be to move on to something new?