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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Acts 18,9-28

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, 'Be fearless; speak out and do not keep silence: I am with you. I have so many people that belong to me in this city that no one will attempt to hurt you.' So Paul stayed there preaching the word of God among them for eighteen months. But while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a concerted attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal, saying, 'We accuse this man of persuading people to worship God in a way that breaks the Law.' Before Paul could open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, 'Listen, you Jews. If this were a misdemeanour or a crime, it would be in order for me to listen to your plea; but if it is only quibbles about words and names, and about your own Law, then you must deal with it yourselves -- I have no intention of making legal decisions about these things.' Then he began to hustle them out of the court, and at once they all turned on Sosthenes, the synagogue president, and beat him in front of the tribunal. Gallio refused to take any notice at all. After staying on for some time, Paul took leave of the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut off, because of a vow he had made. When they reached Ephesus, he left them, but first he went alone to the synagogue to debate with the Jews. They asked him to stay longer, but he declined, though when he took his leave he said, 'I will come back another time, God willing.' Then he sailed from Ephesus. He landed at Caesarea and went up to greet the church. Then he came down to Antioch where he spent a short time before continuing his journey through the Galatian country and then through Phrygia, encouraging all the followers. An Alexandrian Jew named Apollos now arrived in Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, with a sound knowledge of the scriptures, and yet, though he had been given instruction in the Way of the Lord and preached with great spiritual fervour and was accurate in all the details he taught about Jesus, he had experienced only the baptism of John. He began to teach fearlessly in the synagogue and, when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they attached themselves to him and gave him more detailed instruction about the Way. When Apollos thought of crossing over to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote asking the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived there he was able by God's grace to help the believers considerably by the energetic way he refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating from the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul’s preaching continues to give rise to many conversions, as well as to opposition. Even within the same Christian community many arguments and disagreements arose, almost to the point of division. Perhaps for Paul, there were moments when he felt disheartened, whereas it takes very little for us to be discouraged, to want to pull back and concern ourselves with our personal issues. Paul, during a nocturnal conversation with the Lord not unlike the many nightly exchanges that Jesus had with the Father in heaven, hears the Lord saying, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you.” And, Luke adds, Paul stayed in Corinth a year and six months preaching the Gospel. The apostle understood more profoundly that the Lord alone was the rock on which to found his life and his pastoral ministry. Through prayer he had rediscovered the inspiration for his apostolic mission. He remained to preach the Gospel in the surrounding region, supporting the various communities he had founded and finding respite under the civil authority of Roman proconsul Gallio in Acaia. But, the apostle is not alone in his mission. Aquila and Priscilla accompany him. They also help a certain Apollos in Ephesus, about whom Paul will write in the First Letter to the Corinthians, to be welcomed into a communion that harmonizes the diverse charisms that the Lord gives to the community of believers.


10/24/2017
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