One of the things that I admire most about St. Paul (there are many) is his boldness. And the first line of today’s first reading really sums things up. “I am not ashamed of the Gospel.” More on that in a moment. In the Gospel reading from Luke 11, Jesus derides the Pharisees for being so bent on outward expressions of piety, when inside they are “filled with plunder and evil.” Ouch again!
We know that when St. Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel,” he meant it. It showed through in his life, in his writings, in his actions. We can all use St. Paul as an example of this in our lives. It begs the question…how does this verse play out in our lives? It reminds me of the old question: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Sometimes, for me, the answer would probably be no.
There are many ways that this notion of not being ashamed of the Gospel can play out in our lives. But one in particular comes to mind for me. When engaging with people, even in causal conversation, do we talk about our faith? What about outward expressions of faith, such as saying grace in a restaurant? Do you share ways that God has blessed your life? There are so many ways that we can show that we are not ashamed of the Gospel. How will you show it today?
Father, help us to live our lives as though we are not ashamed of the Gospel. Give us the strength and courage to share our faith in any situation. Amen.
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