Thursday, July 3, 2008

Is Paul Speaking to You?

In Chapter 20 of Acts, Paul gives a speech as he is leaving the people of Miletus. He reminds them that he has never shirked his responsibility to them and has always proclaimed God's plan to them. Then, he tells them to watch over themselves and the whole flock, that they have been appointed by the Holy Spirit to oversee the church of God that was acquired by the blood of Christ.

He warns them that from among their own group "men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them." They must be vigilant.

We today, who have heard God's word proclaimed also must take to heart Paul's words. We have a responsibility to each other. We must be careful not to be misled by a twisted version of the truth--which we often encounter today.

If you have heard the Word of the Lord, you have a responsibility to carry it to others. How, you may ask, do I do that?

Maybe it is in your courage to acknowledge God where he is not normally mentioned, at work, or in your community or among your friends.

Maybe it is by your practice of faith that is outstanding in virtue. (God's grace makes that possible.)

Maybe you will bring the Word of God to your children, or in your relationship with your spouse.

Maybe you will study or join a religious order, or a lay order, and become knowledgeable about your faith.

However God leads you to carry His word to others, take this responsibility seriously and make it your life's vocation.

I welcome your comments about these reflections and God's work in your life.

God bless,

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