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Faithful All Week.

May 23, 2017

In the reading from Acts this past Sunday, Paul stands in the Temple of Mars, the god of war, in Athens.  Although he is standing in a pagan, presumably hostile temple, he builds a bridge to his listeners in his greatest sermon:   

 

Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, 'To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

 

Paul wants to tell his listeners of a mystery, to give them words for what had been unknown up until that point.  He builds a bridge from their unknown to his known.

 

We live in a similar world.  The people around us are deeply aware of a Love, a Mystery, that binds the world together.  They don't quite have the words for it though.  What they worship as unknown, we worship as known.

 

How can you build a bridge in your words, in your deeds, between what our neighbors grasp towards and the great love made known to us in Jesus?

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