Feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Apostle of England
In today’s reading from Acts, Apollos is preaching accurately that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah. Yet, he has not received the fullness of the Truth. Missionary couple Priscilla and Aquila instruct him in The Way, and he becomes a great assistance to the Christian community. He also vigorously refutes the Jews in public. We have to be honest about our differences. All religions are not the same, and there is only one Prince of Peace. In the Gospel reading, the Prince of Peace tells us that God—which the psalm tells us is Awesome, king over all the earth, supreme—is our Father and loves us. Yes, God loves us, because he is love. We are his children, and he is our Father, and through his Son, who humbled himself to become like us and show us The Way and give us his Holy Spirit, we can be at peace. And though Jesus returns to the Father, he promised that he would be with us always until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). He is with us through the gift of his Spirit and through his presence in the Eucharist, and in the scriptures, and dwelling in every believer. Indeed, we ought to shout to God with cries of gladness and sing hymns of praise!
Scriptures of the Day
The Christ is Jesus, sent by the Father, who loves you
Early Church: Acts 18:23–28
After staying in Antioch some time, Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence through the Galatian country and Phrygia, bringing strength to all the disciples. A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus. He was an authority on the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and, with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the Way of God more accurately. And when he wanted to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. After his arrival he gave great assistance to those who had come to believe through grace. He vigorously refuted the Jews in public, establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.
Psalm: 47:2–3, 8–9, 10
All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For God’s are the guardians of the earth;
he is supreme.
Gospel: John 16:23b–28
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. “I have told you this in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell you clearly about the Father. On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you. For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
Question of the Day
How is God’s love active in your life?