Today’s readings can be found here.
It is no secret that a part of following Christ is that at times we will face criticisms for our beliefs. While we must remain steadfast in our fidelity to what has been revealed to us through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, we should also try to avoid the temptation of thinking we are the only ones to ever suffer such attacks. This has been going on since the dawn of Christianity, as we hear in today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. So what can we learn from today’s reading?
To smile. The reading ends by noting his radiant face. If we want to defend the Church or to be able to articulately explain her beliefs, it’s important we do so with a smile. Not to get angry or frustrated, nor to seem sad or depressed about the Church’s teachings. To proclaim the gospel with joy, not arrogance or smugness, but with joy, and a smile on our face.