Sharing the Word for May 15, 2023 – Sixth Week of Easter – Year 1

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 15, 2023
Daily Reading from the USCCB: Acts 16:11-15

Following the impulse of the Holy Spirit, Paul and his companions move forward into Europe and find themselves in Philippi, a predominantly Roman town.

Paul made contact with some women who were attached to the small, informal Jewish community there and soon became friends. One of them Lydia, received baptism. She insisted that he accept hospitality in her house. The Christian community at Philippi became especially friendly with Paul. It provided financial help to him in his subsequent travels and was the recipient of one of Paul’s most warm-hearted letters.

Paul’s first European experience is certainly promising. It is a kindly human encounter of persons who would become fast friends. Our friends are great gifts to us. They are significant instruments of God’s providence.

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