May 23, 2020

[Apollos] had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and, with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus…

Apollos is spoken rather highly in Acts of as a man of eloquence, well versed both in the Scriptures and in the “new way of the Lord.” Strangely enough, despite all that he knew about Jesus, he had not yet been properly baptized. He was soon put right by Priscilla and Aquila. He seems to have been somewhat more eloquent than Paul, which caused some difficulty and even factions in Corinth. However, he is said to have been a deeply spiritual person, which no doubt contributed to the success of his preaching.

We may wonder, however, how accurately Apollos was teaching. But there is a lesson for us here. People can be accurate in their teaching, even while it is incomplete. In fact, this is what we often do. We don’t have all the information. We may not have studied theology, and there’s much about Jesus that we do not know, but this should not prevent us from speaking about Jesus and what he has done for us. It is also an encouragement for us to continue learning throughout our lives. Hopefully, we never stop learning. There’s continually more we can come to know. We should read the Scriptures regularly, even if we may never be as learned as Apollos was.

When I was a pastor, I had an especially fine lector. I told him so and added that he always seemed better on the second reading. I discovered that he not only prayed over the readings but had commentaries on each of the Pauline letters. He not only read from them; he was Saint Paul when he stood there.

How can we teach about Jesus today?

Let Us Pray:

O loving Lord, help me to desire to learn ever more about the revelation you came to bring. May I always be a learner, yet not afraid to proclaim your marvelous works even though my knowledge may be incomplete.


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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.