The Acts is the story of the beginning of our Church and the struggles that had to be faced by those summoned and sent out by Jesus. His devoted followers were determined to make his teachings come alive for the multitudes.
We all are familiar with some of those early leaders chosen by Christ: Peter, Andrew, James, and John. They were known as “Followers of the Way” before becoming known as Christians. Being a true disciple of Jesus meant they had a strong faith in him and his teachings. His appointment of each one as an apostle required a strong sense of obedience to what they were assigned to do. They were given the powers to heal and cast out demons as chosen ones. Christ had promised them the Holy Spirit would keep them strong and on the right paths after he left. They would not be alone.
The first reading from Acts 14 describes the mission of Paul and Barnabas to Iconium. Realizing they were about to be stoned, they fled to another countryside where they were welcomed as they proclaimed the Good News. While there, Paul cured a crippled man in the crowd. Those gathered were overwhelmed with what had happened and immediately began to call Paul and Barnabas gods. The apostles exclaimed they were just ordinary people, just like those in the crowd, and they had come there to share the good news of their savior.
To be a good disciple is to be well instructed and guided by God’s truths. In John 8:31, Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples.” We make and strengthen our commitment to him. It is a lifetime promise where we are dedicated to learning from him, following him, and serving him. Like the earliest apostles and disciples, we depend on the Holy Spirit to guide us in our mission.
Are you willing to give up everything, carry a cross daily, surrender everyone in your life, dreams, hopes, and desires, and follow him and become one of his disciples?
Let us pray.
Loving God, help me listen for the sound of your voice in my life. What is it that you are calling me to do? Help me be more aware of your presence in all that I do and say. I want to represent you to those I meet each day. Draw me into your presence as my heart is never far away from you. Amen.
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