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Acts 18:23-28: Re-Visitation

Monday, June 3, 2019

Aquila and Priscilla

Just when we think we have arrived at a safe plateau, we feel the ground beneath us tremble.  Just as we gain new confidence in the journey, we realize that a new chapter into unknown territory is about to open.  Just as soon as we find a safe place to stand, we realize that we must move on.  Life is a series of treks between oases; it is a process, a journey.  We are never fully complete.  We are never without new horizons.  And when we believe that we have settled a part of ourselves once and for all, we are quickly shown that the lesson we believe we have learned can be honed anew.  God always finds ways to make us better.

In today’s Noontime we read of how Paul returns to a people of whom he is particularly fond, the people of Ephesus.  It is to them that he writes the beautiful letter about the dynamism of our human experience, about how we are to arm ourselves with the armor of Christ, and of how our lives are a special journey of collaboration with one another and our creator.  Just when we think we know all we need to know about who we are and what we must do, God shuffles are circumstances just enough to keep us learning.  We ought not balk at this.

Paul does not consider his work done once he delivers his message and moves on.  He returns, he sends letters, he reconsiders, re-states.  Just when we believe that our faith cannot be stronger, our hope bigger and our love more merciful, a new experience calls us to new depths and heights.

Today we read of how Priscilla and Aquila re-instruct Apollos to bring him to a more accurate understanding of The Way so that he can give great assistance to those who have come to believe through grace.

My Dad used to say: You never know what you can do until you do it.  When we believe we are too lost, when we believe we know it all, when we believe there is no hope, when we believe that nothing can harm us, when we believe that there is no love, when we believe that we have seen the limits of love . . . in all of these we are mistaken.  For God can take us to new heights, new depths, new breadths of ourselves.  And with each new revelation we grow closer to him, we gain a more accurate understanding of The Way . . . so that we can give great assistance to those who have come to believe through grace. 

There is no greater gift than the opportunity to re-investigate who we are, what we do, and why we do it.  As we read of how the first followers of Christ re-visited places, relationships and ideas, let us also be unafraid to re-visit old territory with a new eye.  We may find joy in people and places we thought were lost to us.


For more on Aquila. Priscilla and Apollos click on the image above or go to: http://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/feast-of-aquila-priscilla-and-apollos-february-13/?blogsub=confirmed#blog_subscription-2

A re-post from May 20, 2012.

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