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Acts 16:11-15
Psalm 149:1-6, 9
John 15:26—16:4

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“After she and her household had been baptized, she extended us an invitation: ‘If you are convinced that I believe in the Lord, come and stay at my house.’ She managed to prevail on us.” —Acts 16:15

St. Paul, being a good Jew, had never stayed at a Gentile’s house in his life. However, Jesus led Paul to preach that Gentiles were in Christ, “now co-heirs with the Jews, members of the same body and sharers of the promise through the preaching of the gospel” (Eph 3:6). This message aroused such opposition in Jews that Paul was repeatedly attacked and imprisoned for preaching such a thing.

Paul also was challenged to live out his own preaching by treating Christian Gentiles as brothers and sisters — even staying in their houses. This would make Jews feel much worse than uncomfortable. It could also expose them to severe punishment from other Jews. Jewish Christians paid a great price when they stayed in a Gentile’s house. Therefore, when Paul and his companions stayed at Lydia’s house and ate in the home of the Philippian jailer (Acts 16:15, 34), they were dying to themselves and losing their lives (Lk 9:23-24).

Who are the untouchables you must touch because you are a Christian? Whom must you invite into your family and community because they are your brothers and sisters in Christ?

Prayer:  Father, make my community reflect the body of Christ in all its richness.

Promise:  “I have told you these things that when their hour comes you may remember My telling you of them.” —Jn 16:4

Praise:  Joan, a mother of several young children, so inspired a fellow parishioner by bringing her children to daily Mass that the parishioner was moved to send an anonymous note and gift to her.

Reference:  (Our retreat, Prophecy and Discernment, is being offered May 24-25. Be equipped to speak God’s Word and know what His will is. Call 513-373-2397, www.presentationministries.com to register.)

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