Paul: Missionary

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This reflection talks about Paul's missionary vigor and his faithfulness as an Apostle of Jesus.
[Paul] had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles. (Acts of the Apostles 14:27)

Known as the apostle to the Gentiles (non-Jews), Paul was a leader in taking the Gospel message beyond Israel. With his trusted companions--Barnabas, John Mark, Timothy, Priscilla, and Aquila--Paul traveled extensively and took the Good News to the world. Paul was both welcomed and opposed, but he never wavered or grew weary in his missionary vigor. Through his letters, Paul kept in touch with the various communities he helped form--instructing, affirming, and encouraging them to live the Christian faith.

As Christians, we are called to continue the mission of bringing the Good News of Jesus to the people we meet each day. It is what we do, not what we say, that proclaims God's message most clearly. Sometimes we may be the only Gospel some people encounter. When have you been a missionary for the Gospel of Jesus?

God, do not let my fear get in the way of being your presence in the world.
  • To go deeper: Read Acts of the Apostles 14:1–28.


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Published July 2, 2008.