Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Crispus heard the message and believed.

"Crispus, the synagogue official, came to believe in the Lord along with his entire household, and many of the Corinthians who heard believed and were baptized."  (Acts 18: 8).

What does it mean that Crispus came to believe in the Lord?  "The Corinthians who heard believed and were baptized?"  What is belief? What is faith?
These people heard the core message of the Gospel from the lips of St Paul.  At this time, there was no New Testament.  No document to check and verify their statement. They must have heard something similar to this:  "Jesus who was promised through the Prophets has come. He taught us about God and His plan for universal salvation. He was crucified according to the Scriptures. He died and rose again from the dead. He will come again to judge the world.  We are witnesses to these facts."

Crispus and many Corinthians heard a similar message and believed.  They believed the message because they were predisposed to believe.  They believed because they judged Paul a credible messenger and witness.  If you are reading this, you are predisposed to faith, to believe.  You believe in the word of God. You believe in the teaching of the Church.

We are 10 days to the great feast of Pentecost, Sunday, May 10th. How is your faith?
"Behold, I am with you always,
even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28: 20).
Do you believe this?

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2 comments:

  1. Brothers & sisters, May I lovingly recommend that the cartoon on the bottom right of this image be reconsidered and removed? In the Western world, we have been bombarded with stereotypical images of Jews with hook noses and "mean" faces. This has led to hatred and suspicion toward them and allows the stereotype to continue. I have dear Jewish friends who I would be embarrassed to show this image to. Christianowe their faith to the Jewish scholars who took care of the scriptures for us and they are the trunk in this great tree of faith into which we, the Gentiles, were grafted in. Thank you for words of encouragement in the faith. (Sorry, I could not correct my errors on the ipad.)

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  2. Anonymous4:57 PM

    No harm is meant by the image. We love the Jews. We owe them a lot: Scriptures, Liturgy, Prayer, etc.
    Shalom to you all.

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