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Daily Eucharistic Reflections

May 8, 2024

If you have visited Athens, you may have been struck with awe and wonder like me, by the massive century-old structures that withstood the test of time. While standing next to the ancient columns and listening closely, the conversations of Paul’s time could be heard in my mind. If I closed my eyes, I could see the Greek philosophers and Athenians assembling in conversations.

The scene in today’s first reading of Paul being invited by the philosophers to the Areopagus, their gathering place of conversation and decision making at that time, it’s easy to imagine that Paul thought this was his opportunity to educate the “influencers” of Athens. He had a rough start in Athens; maybe this was a way to turn things around. Maybe there was a renewed hope for a breakthrough in Athens.

He was well prepared in his presentation concerning a quote from Aratus, an Athenian philosopher, who had written, “For we too are his offspring.” As Paul continued explaining all that God created and became specific about the requirements of how we are to live our lives, that we are called to repentance and holiness, many in his audience laughed at him. Others walked away, mumbling that maybe they would listen some other time; only a few followed him. Paul did not give up; he continued evangelizing as he made his way to Corinth.

Today, society continues much the same. There are those who mock people who practice their faith, others who prefer an “al a carte” or “convenient” religion that requires little personal effort, and we continue to see the empty pews in our parishes. Like Paul, we are called to continue to evangelize and not give up. At the end of Mass, we are sent forth to proclaim the Good News and bring Christ to others.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, as we are sent out to proclaim your Word today, let us encounter each person with our full attention and complete respect. Let us be the gift of Eucharist to all whom we meet. Amen.

 

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