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Friday, May 9, 2003

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Acts 9:1-20
Psalm 117
John 6:52-59

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be a "street person"

"As he traveled along and was approaching Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed about him." —Acts 9:3

Saul was converted on the road to Damascus. The first Christian Pentecost began in the upper room and expanded to the streets. The Ethiopian eunuch, the first person to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, was converted on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza (Acts 8:26ff).

The early Church was following in the footsteps of Jesus, Whose public ministry was often conducted in the streets. In fact, after His resurrection from the dead, Jesus made a statement by spending the afternoon teaching two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Lk 24:13ff).

Are you in touch with your Christian roots? Is your parish a center for street ministry? When Christians are "off the streets," the devil is more than ever "on the streets." The Lord is giving us the power to take back the streets for Him after we emerge from our cocoon of extreme individualism, isolation, and selfishness. In our secular humanistic society, many people live in a high-tech world of virtual reality. Many have given up a life of love for a lifestyle of entertainment and distraction. Get real. Get on the streets. Walk with people. Talk with people. Share Jesus with others. By God's grace, convert the most hardened hearts to Jesus. Be a "street person" for Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, send the Holy Spirit to make me Christ-centered and freed from harmful cultural conditioning.

Promise:  "My flesh is real food, and My blood real drink. The man who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him." —Jn 6:55-56

Praise:  Marty prays the rosary as he travels to and from work.

Reference:  (For related teaching, order our leaflet, Mission Impossible, or on audio AV 46-1 or video V-46.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Giles H. Pater, October 17, 2002

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 21, 2002