Saturday, May 23, 2020

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 5:1-13 Obedience
Mass: Acts 18:23-28; Resp Ps 47; Jn 16:23b-28

For the Lord, the Most High, the awesome, is the great king over all the earth.


There are qualities I admire in the Jew named Apollos presented in today's episode from the Acts of the Apostles. There are two that inspire me. First, he went about his speaking and teaching with "ardent spirit" says one translation, another that he was "fervent in spirit". Still, he didn't have all the details of the story. Although he knew about Jesus, he knew only the baptism of John. I am also inspired by his humility. Apollos was learned while also open to learning more. He was open to Priscilla and Aquila who pulled his aside and filled him in; they explained to Apollos the Way of God more accurately. May we be so ardent, fervent and open to learning. Ask and your will receive, says the Lord, so that your joy may be complete (Jn 16:24). Keep going with your eyes fixed on Christ. Apollos, Priscilla and Aquila, pray for us.

Christ as the strength of God should support you so that you may not be worn down by difficulties. Let love enkindle your zeal, let knowledge inform it, let constancy strengthen it.
(Bernard of Clairvaux, On the Song of Songs, 20, III, 4)

Today's photo: Apples cometh! More beauty to behold in our garden.

© Gertrude Feick 2020

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