LESSONS FROM ST PAUL AT THE COUNCIL OF AREOPAGUS (Acts 17:22-34)
📖Acts 17:15, 22 – 18:1; Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14; John 16:12-15
There are a number of very important lessons that we can learn from St Paul’s meeting with the Council of Areopagus:
We must appreciate and respect the values in the life of others as Paul did with the religion of the Greeks while condemning the bad in them (cf. Acts 17:22-25);
God may be invisible but he is very much present and available to us (Acts 17:24, 27b);
Conversion does not depend on the expertise of the preacher but on the grace of God (cf. Acts 17:32-34).
Human intelligence or philosophy cannot fully explain or understand the nature of God (Acts 17:32).
To understand the truth about the nature of God therefore, we need the Spirit of Truth which Jesus promised to send to his disciples (cf. John 16:12-15). To gain that Spirit of Truth, we must dispose ourselves by the love of God and with ardent prayer.
May this Spirit of truth dwell in us always so that we may understand the true way that leads us to eternal life. Amen.
Have a beautiful and Spirit-filled day. Peace be with you.