Posted by: livingscripture | May 16, 2015

Sixth Saturday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 “A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.  He was an authority on the Scriptures.  He had been instructed in the way of the Lord and, with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, although he knew only the Baptism of John.”   

(Acts 18: 14-15)

How should we live this Wordprimicristiani[1]

 Apollos is a person dear to Paul.  He is intelligent, humble, cultured, and has charisma.  He seeks the truth, and once found, he shows his knowledge, leaving aside some of his convictions to make way for new knowledge.  Apollos indirectly tells us of Paul’s capacity to tap even persons refined in their culture and preparation.  He tells us also that in the community enlarged by Paul there are persons capable of accompanying those who seek the Truth.  Aquila and Priscilla escaped from Rome and became godparents and catechists for Apollos, who surpasses his teachers in eloquence and accuracy, but shares with them the same effort to walk in the ways of the Lord with holiness and humility.

Apollos reminds us that believing does not mean distrusting or undervaluing intelligence.  Rather, to give the reason for our hope is a duty that requires continuous research and study.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me be assiduous in growing in my knowledge and understanding of His Word so that I may live it and accurately transmit it to others.

Lord, do not permit me to be obtuse and superficial in my way of expressing the faith.  Help me to care for my preparation and be able to offer in my evangelizing an interesting opportunity to come close to You and to know You.

The Voice of Cardinal W. Kasper

The promise is the definitive ‘yes’ given once for all by God to the man Jesus Christ.  Faith that responds to such a God, is not however a rigid point of view, but, as St. Paul says, a new way in the power of this promise that can be followed through all the darkness of time with  unwavering hope in the Easter victory of life.

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