Though it may be difficult for us to visualize, we have in today’s reading a scene of political “pomp and circumstance.” Paul had been arrested by the Roman authority in
How did Paul respond? What did he say in defense to save himself? Paul told them about Jesus. He admitted his former opposition to Jesus. He recounted his subsequent conversion to becoming a follower of Jesus. To the Roman governor, the Jewish king, and many others of power and standing, in a city named to honor the emperor, Paul boldly informed them he fervently wished they all would become, like him, followers of Jesus.
This was not hubris. It was conviction. It was conviction based on a personal encounter, not with a memory or an ideal of a rejected and still dead preacher, but with the living Jesus. When Jesus stopped Paul on the road to
May we so truly know and follow the living Jesus that we do not fear to live in the