May 28, 2022
Be Like Apollos
…they took him aside and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
Acts 18:26

Imagine how different Church and society would be if each of us were more like Apollos in today’s passage from the Acts of the Apostles. Here is a talented and faithful Jew who is respected for how he speaks with authority. He boldly shares his gifts. Then, he goes through a conversion (in Latin, “to turn around”) and becomes an instrument for sharing the joy of the Gospel. For this to happen, he had to be humble and open to change. He had to be willing to learn, grow and shift his mindset and let go of protecting his reputation. He needed openness to listening deeply to the truth with love and letting the truth change him. He became an instrument of mercy and built community. We all can be more like Apollos, just as we all can be more like Jesus.

Lord, help me to be a humble servant, open to your truth, love and mercy.

- Sr. Julia Walsh, F.S.P.A.

Acts 18:23-28 • Psalm 47:2-3, 8-10 John 16:23b-28

Comments

May 28, 2022 at 01:23 PM

Amen.

May 28, 2022 at 10:23 AM

Thank you Sr. Julia. Many times after believing the need to change was for someone else, I realize that, the need was for me to be more open to hearing, understanding and being open to a new / different way of doing things. Thank you God for encouraging me to remember that I have 2 ears and 1 mouth which should be used in that proportion. Lifting Uvalde adn sending light to those who feel only darkness.

May 28, 2022 at 10:19 AM

Continued prayers here for the Ukraine and the conversion of Mr. Putin. Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world! You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in Ukraine. Please protect and send aid to those in Ukraine and all who are at-risk. We pray for peace – we pray for all who are working towards it and for all who are in danger from this conflict. We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this. Lord God, please help those in most need of thy mercy. Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us! Saint Joseph, Protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church, pray for us! Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, may your kingdom reign in Ukraine and all the world.

May 28, 2022 at 10:08 AM

Amen.

May 28, 2022 at 09:37 AM

*** Acts 18:26, “He (Apollos) 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.” *** What do you think Priscilla and Aquila explained more accurately to Apollos the Way of God? What was inaccurate about what Apollos was speaking? *** Acts 18:25, “ 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.” ******* What does it mean Apollos knew only the baptism of John (the Baptist)? Sometimes it is not what he said was inaccurate but what was missing from what he said! *** Matthew 3:11, “I (John the Baptist) baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes One Who (Jesus) is more powerful than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire!” *** Luke 3:16, “John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But One Who (Jesus) is more powerful than I will come, the straps of Whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire!” ******* So what do you think is missing from the baptism of John? *** To me the difference is what John has said…water Vs the Holy Spirit and fire! Foreshadowing: To foreshadow is to, “show or indicate beforehand” or “prefigure” (Dictionary.com). *** Colossians 2:17, “These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” *** Here is how Paul explained how we got stacked in Colossians 2:16, 18, “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day… Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind!” ******* So do I get stucked in the foreshadowing practices? Or do I worship the real things? Like the Coke commercials? The Jews still do because they don’t recognize Jesus, Who has fulfilled all the foreshadowing!!! No need for sacrifices or high priests to be the condoits…Jesus’ death and resurrection has fulfilled the perfect sacrifice once and for all and the curtain that separated the Holy of Holies (God’s presence) from the rest of the temple (His people) was torn from top to bottom! I now have direct access to the presence of God because of Jesus :-) I don’t have to go through anyone or use anything to approach God any more!!!

May 28, 2022 at 08:51 AM

Was my comment not appropriate? If so I’m sorry. Please advise so I can do better.

Salina
May 28, 2022 at 09:54 AM

Did the site editor delete your comments of what they deem political (especially when it comes to abortion issues) in nature? They do have the right to limit the scope of this site, even when there is no limit for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives and guide our thoughts!!! Anne, share with me syhsmith@comcast.net your thoughts prompted by the Holy Spirit…

May 28, 2022 at 07:15 AM

Amen..

May 28, 2022 at 03:48 AM

Novena Prayer for Pentecost -- 2022 (May 27 through June 4) (Say these prayers at the beginning of each Novena day) ***********Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with your love. Set our lives aflame with your gifts. Grant us wisdom to choose what is good and true; understanding to embrace your plan of salvation; right judgment to act according to your will; courage to share our faith with others; knowledge to live as disciples of Jesus Christ; reverence to respond faithfully to your grace each day; and wonder and awe in your presence. Inspire us with enthusiasm for our Catholic faith. Grant us boldness to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ, and help us to bring the transforming power of the gospel to our world. We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord. AMEN. ****OUR FATHER, HAIL MARY, GLORY BE SIGN OF THE CROSS

Sandy
May 28, 2022 at 09:09 AM

Lovely, thank you Bill.

Lia
May 28, 2022 at 06:24 AM

Amen. Thank you Bill.

Bill L
May 28, 2022 at 03:53 AM

Saturday. May 28, 2022 – Jesus’ Promise of the Advocate*** But when the Spirit comes, the Spirit of truth, the Spirit will guide you to all truth. ***John 16: 13

Bill L
May 28, 2022 at 03:51 AM

Friday, May 27, 2022 – You Will Receive Power**** But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. *** Acts 1: 8

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