With no explanation of how he got there, Luke slipped himself into the story of Paul's journeys.

Saturday, 5/9/15

The "Acts of the Apostles" tells us little or nothing about the journeys of the other twelve Apostles. It is a detailed account only of the activities of St. Paul. The whole of his first missionary journey, and the first half of his second journey, were confined  to the country that we now call Turkey.

The Christians he revisited in the town of  Lystra spoke highly of a young convert called Timothy. Paul had a mind to take Timothy along as his assistant, but Timothy, the son of a Gentile, had never been circumcised. Now, Paul had been telling everybody that circumcision is not needed for salvation; but in this case, so that Timothy might be able to move freely among Jews, Paul had him circumcised.

So, Paul, for appearances sake, had Timothy circumcised. A man might contend that fifty dollars for the priest is all the expense that is absolutely necessary for getting his daughter married; but the girl, referring to this story of Paul and Timothy, might insist that the Bible backs up her dream of daddy forking out five thousand dollars for a fancy wedding breakfast for the sake of appearances.

 That daddy would really like the no-frills way St. Luke slipped his way into Paul’s second missionary journey. In one sentence Luke, who was the author of the “Acts of the Apostles,” wrote, “they crossed through Mysia.” Then just two sentences further on he wrote “we sought passage to Macedonia.”    

Luke didn’t make us listen to any details about himself, or about how he joined Paul. I guess that could be a good lesson for priests whose sermons have more to say about themselves than about Jesus. 

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