These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Tuesday, 05 May 2020 20:05


At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth, who had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him, saw that he had the faith to be healed, and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet.” He jumped up and began to walk about. When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they cried out in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in human form.” They called Barnabas “Zeus” and Paul “Hermes,” because he was the chief speaker. (Acts 14:8-12)

Poor Paul and Barnabas . . . folks wanted to offer sacrifice to them. But the apostles prevented them:

“We proclaim to you good news that you should turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them.” (Acts 14: 15)

As the Psalmist says:

Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory. (Psalm 115)

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