Paul Speaks Before Felix, the Governor

This meditation is based on a passage for October 7, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Acts 24:1-13

Reflection and Question: We get a sense of how a court worked in ancient times as the prosecutor, Tertullus, lays on the praise for Felix, the governor who is hearing the case. Tertullus then calls Paul “a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes” and assumes that the governor will see him as a dangerous agitator. When Felix gives Paul the chance to speak, Paul is clear that his is a theological quarrel within Judaism concerning the resurrection that poses no threat to Roman authority. Paul is respectful toward Felix and confident in his innocence. How is this court different from ours?

Prayer: Spirit of God, remind us that You have power over all. You inspire all the participants in this trial — Tertullus, Paul, Felix and the Jews. Inspire us to see our connections with that time so that we may know Your will and walk in Your way. Amen.