We don’t come out of our mother’s womb with knowledge of the salvation accomplished by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We receive our education from those saints in our lives that go before us, guiding us and leading us toward the Lord. Without those teachers of the faith we would be lost. Today’s reading from Acts gives us the story of Apollos, who was a great speaker but lacked full knowledge of Jesus. How wonderful that he was taken aside and taught by two holy women disciples, Priscilla and Aquila.
A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.
Each of us has an obligation to constantly grow in faith, wisdom and understanding. We cannot become complacent, thinking that we possess a fully formed faith. There is always more to learn about the Lord. We should emulate Apollos, the seeker of truth. Also, we must make ourselves available to help and guide others into a greater understanding of Jesus.
I love the painting in this post! It is entitled “Church” and represents the variety of humanity that hears the word of God!