May 4, Saturday Easter Weekday
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. — Psalm 100:2
Mass Readings: Acts 16:1-10/John 15:18-21
Right vs. Rights
On the heels of the Jerusalem Council’s historic ruling that circumcision wasn’t necessary for salvation, why did Paul have Timothy circumcised? In an era without anesthetics, circumcision was extremely painful; yet, it would enable Timothy to identify more closely with a strongly-Jewish audience, thereby lending credibility to his message. This was Paul’s rationale; it was also the practice of his own life: “I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel” (1 Cor 9:22-23a).
Living in the slums of Calcutta enabled Mother Teresa to minister more effectively to its peoples; a missionary working among Buddhists (who consider killing animals sinful) may opt to become a vegetarian. Right (or truth) may not be compromised; but rights must often be renounced for the sake of the Gospel.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, give me courage to step out of my comfort zones for the Gospel’s sake.
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