The Lord promises to Paul what he promises to all: “I will be with you.” Even though Paul often seems like a very bold person, he probably had his moments when life seemed to overwhelm him. This is one of those. So the Lord gives the usual command: “Do not be afraid. You’re doing my work; keep going; You’ll be ok. I am with you. I have many people there.”
Those words are fulfilled when Paul is brought before Gallio. Paul does not even have to defend himself because Gallio sees through the jealousy and hard hearts of his accusers and know there is no case against Paul. Paul must have remembered the words of the Lord: “Do not be afraid; no one will harm you.”
-Fr. Joseph Uecker, CPPS (KC)
This reflection comes from the Easter Reflections, prepared by the Precious Blood Family of communities:
Adorers of the Blood of Christ (US Region)
Missionaries of the Precious Blood (Atlantic, Cincinnati & Kansas City Provinces)
Sisters of the Most Precious Blood (O’Fallon, MO)
Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton, OH)
Sisters of Saint Mary of Oregon
Easter Reflections is available for printing here.