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Friday, May 10, 2013

Marriage and Faith

"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, ...but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the Way of God more accurately."

Throughout the Acts of the Apostles we learn more about the life of the primitive Christian community, especially as it spread into the diaspora, and we are surprised when women play a critical and corrective role as catechists. It is Priscilla, named first in the text, and her husband Aquila, not intimidated by the learning and eloquence of Apollos, who take Apollos aside and help him understand the way of Jesus more deeply.

What a wonderful model Priscilla and Aquila are for married couples today. Working together for the good of the Gospel, they offer married couples especially a path to holiness and service in the community. Having fled from Rome when Emperor Claudius expelled the Jews, Priscilla and Aquila met Paul with whom they became missionaries. Always mentioned in the scripture as a couple, Priscilla and Aquila challenge us to make use of the gifts of women and and men as they work together for the good of all.

Today, think about your relationships in faith and how they help you know God.

What do you expect from the married as couples in the church?

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