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May 19, 2018

Paul remained for two full years in his lodgings in Rome, with only a soldier to guard him. 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. This is how the book of Acts ends. When the book of Acts began, it seemed like what God was asking his people to do was an impossible mission: to bring the gospel from their hometown to the ends of the earth. As we journeyed through Acts, we saw intricate plots, martyrdom, persecutions of various kinds, riots, shipwrecks, misunderstandings, conflicts within the church and without, assassination attempts, snake bites, etc.

Yet, as we come to the end of Acts, we see that the mission of the gospel was unstoppable. Despite the bumbling disciples, despite the nature of persecution, no matter what was thrown their way, despite Paul’s being in jail, he was able to proclaim the kingdom of God “with all boldness and without hindrance.” The Gospel mission is unstoppable.

In many ways the story is an unfinished one. Acts details the spread of the faith, a spread that continues long after Luke put down his pen. It is now our task, but a task that we can take up in the knowledge that God will be with us and the Holy Spirit will inspire us to continue what others have begun.

What are we doing today to further the mission of Christ?

Prayer:

O gracious God, give me the heart of a true disciple, the courage and daring of Paul, and the desire to do whatever I can to further the work of Jesus.

 

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


About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.