Paul the Pastor

Today's Bible reading: Galatians 1:1-24

As we turn our attention to St. Paul, Scripture reminds us that He wasn’t a novice when he began his great missionary journeys.  After His conversion he spent over two years in Arabia.  After a brief visit to Jerusalem he spent about 13 years in his hometown - Tarsus - before being called to work at Antioch with Barnabas for about a year.  In all these years - about which we hear so little - Paul may possibly have kept busy preaching and teaching – certainly, during this time he was working out the meaning of the truth that he had learned on the Damascus Road.  As we see later, his missionary work and his letters show the fruit of those long years of preparation.

Prayer: Almighty Lord, forgive our prejudices and teach us to see Your Son in every Christian.  Help us to abandon our self-confidence and rejoice in Your grace alone; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.