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Saturday, September 04, 2010

The Apostle's creed

Today's First Reading, from 1 Corinthians, includes this description of the life of an Apostle as St. Paul experienced it. Highlights:
  • the last of all, like people sentenced to death
  • a spectacle to the world
  • fools
  • weak
  • in disrepute
  • hungry and thirsty
  • poorly clad and roughly treated
  • homeless
  • like the world's rubbish, the scum of all
Say, where do I sign up?

St. Paul, of course, met Someone on the road. Most of us volunteer for this duty at a place something like this:

That done, it's up to God to decide how much of the above we're in for.

Even if our vocation isn't to be wandering apostles, though, we all have opportunity to follow St. Paul this far:
When ridiculed, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we respond gently.
If this were all we managed to do, how we would stand out from the world!