After having gone through much of the Gospel of Matthew in Ordinary Time, today we transition to the Gospel of Luke and read about the beginning of Jesus' public ministry.
In our first reading from 1 Corinthians 2, St. Paul writes, "I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God."
Have you ever test driven a car? Ever seen a demonstration of cookware, vacuum cleaners or any other product? Ever watch a TV commercial or infomercial? In the sales game, it's well known that one of the most powerful selling tools is the demonstration. Don't you think St. Paul knew this? After all, he states clearly that he didn't come using fancy words, but rather a DEMONSTRATION of faith. Seems that worked out pretty well for the world. Perhaps we should give that a try...today.
Father, may we demonstrate our faith daily, letting others see your Holy Spirit at work in us. Amen.
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