All in God’s Time

St. Paul by El Greco

Thursday, May 2, 2012

Acts 23—24

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The early Church retraces the road to Calvary. The trial of Paul bears similarities to that of Jesus⎯hatred, false witness, and abuse. Paul confronts his accusers just as Jesus did when the Lord was struck in the face.

Enter the joy of Jesus as he appears to Paul, telling him that his present suffering is the prelude to Rome. God uses the rejection of Paul as the means to move him to the next place where God needs him⎯the center of the ancient world: Rome.

Felix and Pilate: do you see the similarities? Felix’s refusal to do justice has Paul further confined for two more years. The two-year wait becomes part of God’s timing. All plots to deny, delay, or delete God’s plan will fail. Are you becoming impatient with God’s plan upon your life?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths

A clear conscience before God 23:1
Hope of the resurrection 23:6
Courage in my call from You 23:11
Cheerfully defending You 24:10
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This is the Fifth Week in Easter, Year C.
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