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June 8, 2019

Paul remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 28:30-31)

Some years ago, a confrère, a gifted homilist and teacher, began to experience the effects of a debilitating neurological condition which eventually robbed him of the ability to speak. Another religious and I were sharing about this once, and he said simply, “He may not be able to speak anymore, but he is still the same person and still teaching us.” I have often thought about how compassionate and true his words were, and about the witness and steadfastness of our brother until the day he died.

In the first reading for this last weekday of the Easter season, we see a very different Paul from the tireless preacher and builder of churches whose missionary exploits fill the pages of Acts from the moment he first appears in a passing reference in 7:58. Now under house arrest in Rome, his execution is all but certain. So, what does Paul do? He welcomes visitors, and with the assurance of faith proclaims the kingdom of God and teaches about the Lord Jesus Christ!

There is never a moment in life when God cannot make use of us, if we allow it. We need only look within to see what service we can render, with God’s grace to sustain us.

Today remember and pray for those who have encouraged you even in their weakness.

Let us pray:

My life and everything I have is your gift, O God. May I serve Christ and the Gospel in every circumstance until I stand before you in the glory of the kingdom. Amen.

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


About Anthony Schueller, SSS

Father Anthony Schueller was the Provincial Superior of the Province of Saint Ann of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the editor of Emmanuel.