From today’s Reading (Acts 17:15,22-18:1):
‘So Paul stood before the whole Council of the Areopagus and made this speech:
‘Men of Athens, I have seen for myself how extremely scrupulous you are in your religious matters, because I noticed, as I strolled round admiring your sacred monuments, that you had an altar inscribed: To An Unknown God. Well, the God whom I proclaim is in fact the one whom you already worship without knowing it.’’
Doesn’t St Paul show incredible strength and courage in this passage, standing before the people of Athens telling them who their God is? What incredible conviction of faith!
Yet Paul knew he was on the side of Truth. He knew that he was right and he wasn’t afraid to be so bold before the Greek people. He knew that there is no hiding place from God; no hiding place from what is absolute truth. So, whether they liked it or not, the Athenians were being told who their God was.
Today we are called to stand up for Truth just as Paul did. Are we prepared to stand before people, even non-believers, and proclaim that they have a God? Are we prepared to tell them that God loves them and that He knows them even better than they know themselves? Are we prepared to tell them that God wants us to turn to Him in our most testing and trying times and ask Him for help? Are we prepared to tell them that God sent his only son to earth to die for us because He loves us so much and wants us to be with Him forever?
This is great news! It’s not the bad news that all too typically makes up the content of the daily newspapers and news channels. No, this is awesome news!
It is the Good News and it deserves to be shared. It is also Truth and there is no getting away from it, there is no hiding place.