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Friday of Trinity 8 – Acts 28:1-15

ShareActs 28:1-15 “When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage” (Acts 28:15). This little verse humbles me.  It makes me think.  It makes me feel. Here’s Paul, the greatest apostle in the world.  He’s endured prisons in many cities, stripes above measure, the forty minus one stripes from the Jews five times, three […]

July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 8 – Acts 27:27-44

ShareActs 27:27-44 “And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it, he began to eat.  Then they were all encouraged and also took food themselves.  And in all we were two hundred and seventy-six persons on the […]

July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 8 – Acts 27:9-26

ShareActs 27:9-26 “I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.” Is this a sentence that you can say in all honesty? Naturally, the difficulty in believing what God has told you would depend on several variables: how unlikely and improbable the statement is; how strong your faith is; how certain […]

July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 8 – Acts 26:24-27:8

ShareActs 26:24-27:8 “A little learning is a dangerous thing,” they say.  In this case, as in many others, I’ve figured out who “They” are: Alexander Pope. Well, I have a little learning, especially when it comes to New Testament Greek.  This is, of course, no fault of my Greek teacher (he knows who he is!)  […]

July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 8 – Acts 26:1-23

ShareActs 26:1-23 Have you ever wondered why St. Paul occupies so much of the New Testament? Well I have! Think about it: he wrote 13 out of the 27 books of the New Testament, and in the book of Acts, which describes the early church, he is the center of attention in 16 of its […]

July 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 7 – Acts 25:13-27

ShareActs 25:13-27 One of the favorite games of non-Christians seems to be passing the buck.  What I mean is that in the lives of both Jesus and Paul, no one seemed to want to take responsibility for dealing with them. “Who do men say that I am?” Jesus asked.  Peter then recited a number of […]

July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 7 – Acts 25:1-12

ShareActs 25:1-12 “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome” (Acts 23:11). These words of Jesus might have sounded to St. Paul like the following: “Listen, Paul, I know that you’ve had a pretty tough go of it so far, I […]

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Thursday of Trinity 7 – Acts 24:10-27

ShareActs 24:10-27 See?  I told you.  What you see in this world is often not what you get.  We live in a world that has been put wrong side up.  You know those boxes that say, “This Side Up” and “Fragile”?  Well, humanity came in just such a box, and the ones God entrusted our […]

July 13, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 7 – Acts 23:25-24:9

ShareActs 23:25-24:9 Have you ever been falsely accused?  Have you ever been persecuted? I’ve lost track of how many times St. Paul was falsely accused or persecuted, but it’s a bunch – a big bunch! Jesus, his Master, predicted that such persecution would come, and Paul himself had been told that he would be put […]

July 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 7 – Acts 23:12-24

ShareActs 23:12-24 “Some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.” Do you find this incredible, that a bunch of 1st century Jews would vow to eat or drink nothing until they had murdered someone?  It’s incredible to me, […]

July 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More