Today’s passage from Acts of the Apostles is about St. Paul’s first missionary journey. Turns out Paul and Barnabas were commissioned at Antioch, traveled to Cyprus, Pamphilia, Pisidia, Antioch, Attalia & back to Antioch. Sound confusing? There were actually 16 or 17 cities named Antioch in the ancient world (Seleucus I Nicator liked to name cities after his father, Antiochus). The two Antiochs mentioned here are Antioch on the Orontes (in Syria) and Antioch of Pisidia. But beyond the place names, note who is given credit for the success of this missionary journey: they ‘reported what God has done with them, and how He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles’. What can we give credit to God for this week? When has the Lord opened a door recently? Pray until the answer comes.

Sunday, April 24, 2016