Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

(Acts 18:1-8; John 16:16-20)

Willie and Linda Sosa preach on behalf of Jesus in West Texas.  They have never studied theology formally, but they read the Scriptures constantly and, just as important, pray continually.  Willie is the more expressive of the two, but Linda’s firm faith is palpable and reassuring.  They make a principle of not asking for money but gladly accept donations that somehow manage to meet their physical needs.   They resemble Aquila and Priscilla introduced in today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

The couple comes to Corinth from Rome where they were expelled by Claudius.  Although Acts implies that they are Jews, more than likely they are Christian Jews.  For this reason they welcome Paul into their home.  Eventually they will return to Rome and receive the greeting from Paul when he writes the Christian community there.  “Greet Prisca and Aquila,” Paul writes, “my fellow workers in Christ Jesus , who risked their necks for my life , to whom not only I but also all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks…”

Christian couples can give powerful witness to Christ.  The Letter to the Ephesians testifies that their love for each other testifies to Christ’s love for the Church.  Working side-by-side, they exemplify that Christianity is not about power over others but the power of the Holy Spirit bestowing equal dignity and genuine love to those willing to accept it.