April 18, Thursday Easter Weekday
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. — Psalm 66:1
Mass Readings: Acts 8:26-40/John 6:44-51
The Old Evangelization
In North Carolina, where I reside these days, the “early Church” wasn’t that long ago. While Catholics lived in this state in the 19th century, our senior priests today can tell stories from the ’60s not unlike the account of Philip converting the Ethiopian in today’s first reading. As seminarians, and later as priests, they traveled the mountains and farm towns and fishing communities in their cassocks, knocking on doors to introduce themselves to (sometimes) hostile strangers. Like Philip, they noticed curiosity and answered questions: “Do Catholics worship Mary?” “Are Catholics ‘born again’?”
Although the book with that title was written in the first century, the “Acts of the Apostles” continue throughout the world even today. The Church simply relies on new apostles, Catholics like you and me, teaching by word and example.
Prayer: Lord, grant me the understanding to explain my faith and the courage to proclaim it.
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