Paul in Rome

This meditation is based on a passage for October 16, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Acts 28:17-31

Reflection and Question: This is the end of Luke’s two book narrative of Jesus’ story and then of the power of the Holy Spirit to inspire the birth of the church. Paul arrives in Rome and speaks first with the Jewish community. As has happened so often in Paul’s ministry, “some were convinced by what he said, while others refused to believe.” In a summary of the Acts of the Apostles, Paul takes this as a sign that he is to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, which he does, but in so doing he does not reject the Jews either. Luke says Paul “welcomed all who came to him.” How do you welcome all who come to you?

Prayer: Blessed Spirit of the living God, You led Paul through many adventures and trials to the center of the known world at that time. Inspire us, too, to teach about Jesus with all boldness and without hindrance, welcoming all who come to us. Amen.