In the first reading Paul, Luke and Silas left Troas, the old Troy, and in doing so, they brought Christianity into Europe. In travelling by sea they took small sailing boats that moved only from local port to local port. Once they were on land, all their travelling was on foot.
They arrived at Philippi, the Roman capitol of Macedonia. It was there that Brutus, who had stabbed Caesar was tracked down and was killed.
On a Saturday they wandered out to the river where they found a spot that
“looked like a place we thought would be a place for prayer.” (we wonder how such a place would look.)
We might try imagining ourselves as a part of Paul’s group, meeting up with the dealer in purple, and with the woman who demanded we stay with her.