Posted by: frburke23 | May 19, 2017

Thought for Saturday, 5th Week of Easter (May 20, 2017)

Thought for Saturday, 5th Week of Easter (May 20, 2017)
 
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES 16:1-10
Paul reached also Derbe and Lystra
where there was a disciple named Timothy,
the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,
but his father was a Greek.
The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,
and Paul wanted him to come along with him.
On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,
for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
As they traveled from city to city,
they handed on to the people for observance the decisions
reached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.
Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith
and increased in number.
 
They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory
because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit
from preaching the message in the province of Asia.
When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia,
but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them,
so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas.
During the night Paul had a vision.
A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words,
“Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
When he had seen the vision,
we sought passage to Macedonia at once,
concluding that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.
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We continue to follow the travels of St. Paul. Today we read about him encountering the young disciple Timothy, “son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.” Interestingly Paul has Timothy circumcised, even though the Apostles had asked them not to add any burden on new converts. However, it seems that St. Paul did not want to create a controversy in Derbe and Lystra. He wanted to take away any distractions from the message that he wanted to preach of Jesus Christ. They did not have the internet and word about the teaching from the Church leaders had probably not reached the region. In order not to scandalize the people, Timothy was circumcised.
 
Together Paul and Timothy preached the Good News of Jesus Christ and many people were added to their numbers. They listened closely to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and went where they were called. At the same time, when doors did not open to go to certain places, they did not go there. They were abiding in the Holy Spirit at every moment.
 
Imagine the education Timothy received by shadowing St. Paul! What a blessing that must have been, to be with one the greatest evangelists of all time.
 
Who is my mentor?
Have I chosen to follow people who inspire me to be a better disciple of Christ?
Am I attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in my life?
 
Have a blessed weekend!
Fr. Burke
 
Spanish translation:
 
HECHOS DE LOS APOSTOLES 16:1-10
En aquellos días, Pablo fue a Derbe y luego a Listra. Había allí un discípulo, llamado Timoteo, hijo de padre griego y de madre judía cristiana. Timoteo gozaba de muy buena fama entre los hermanos de Listra e Iconio. Pablo quiso llevarlo consigo y lo circuncidó, en atención a los judíos de aquellas regiones, pues todos sabían que su padre era pagano.
 
En todas las ciudades por donde iban pasando, daban a conocer las decisiones tomadas por los apóstoles y los presbíteros de Jerusalén, para que las pusieran en práctica. De esta manera las comunidades cristianas se fortalecían en la fe y el número de creyentes aumentaba cada día más.
 
Como el Espíritu Santo les había prohibido predicar la palabra en la provincia de Asia, Pablo y Timoteo atravesaron Frigia y Galacia. Al llegar a los límites de Misia, se propusieron ir a Bitinia, pero el Espíritu de Jesús no se lo permitió. Entonces atravesaron Misia y llegaron a Tróade. Por la noche, Pablo tuvo una aparición: vio a un macedonio, que, de pie ante él, le rogaba: “¡Ven a Macedonia y ayúdanos!”
 
Después de esta visión, determinamos salir para Macedonia, convencidos de que Dios nos llamaba a predicar allí el Evangelio.
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Continuamos siguiendo los viajes de San Pablo. Hoy leemos acerca de él encontrando al joven discípulo Timoteo, “hijo de una mujer judía que era un creyente, pero su padre era griego.” Curiosamente Pablo tiene a Timoteo circuncidado, a pesar de que los Apóstoles les pidieron que no añadieran ninguna carga a los nuevos convertidos. Sin embargo, parece que San Pablo no quiso crear una controversia en Derbe y Listra. Él quería quitar cualquier distracción del mensaje de Jesucristo que él quería predicar. No tenían internet ni palabra sobre la enseñanza de la Iglesia, los líderes probablemente no habrían llegado a la región. Para no escandalizar al pueblo, Timoteo fue circuncidado.
 
Juntos Pablo y Timoteo predicaron la Buena Nueva de Jesucristo y muchas personas fueron agregadas a sus números. Escucharon atentamente los impulsos del Espíritu Santo y fueron a donde fueron llamados. Al mismo tiempo, cuando las puertas no se abrían para ir a ciertos lugares, no iban allí. Ellos permanecían en el Espíritu Santo en todo momento.
 
¡Imagina la educación que Timoteo recibió siguiendo a San Pablo! ¡Qué bendición debió haber sido, de estar con uno de los más grandes evangelistas de todos los tiempos!
 
¿Quién es mi mentor?
¿He elegido seguir a personas que me inspiran a ser un mejor discípulo de Cristo?
¿Estoy atento a los impulsos del Espíritu Santo en mi vida?
 
¡Que tengas un fin de semana bendecido!
Padre Burke
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  1. You are my mentor. You make me want to be a better person. I am so happy are paths have crossed.

    Thank you for opening my heart.

    Lee Sitar 💞

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