Contention Gives Paul His Chance to Preach

This meditation is based on a passage for September 30, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Acts 21:27-36

Reflection and Question: Here is a stern warning against following other gods or accepting leaders who entice us to follow other gods. Duly warned, we remember, “The Spirit gives us courage to unmask idolatries in Church and culture (Brief Statement of Faith).” How will you be tempted today to worship idols (money, achievement, attention, things, for example) and how will you stand against the temptation?

Prayer: Holy Spirit of God, You move in ways beyond our seeing. Did You move the hearts of the crowd? Did You inspire relief in the Romans when they learned that Paul was not who they thought? Open our eyes to Your moving among us now. Amen.