Categories: HomiliesPublished On: May 18th, 2021Tags: , 278 words8.4 min read
Not Liked by Everyone

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Not Liked by Everyone

Paul is making the case that he has always spoken the truth. His message has always been the true teachings of Jesus. He has held nothing back or modified the message in any way. Yet he can say he has been all things to all people. In this reading from Acts he does perform a Jewish rite according to custom. After all, he is still Jewish. But he is also teaching the message of Jesus’ Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension. You can be true to God’s commandments.

Have you known people who have tried to be liked by everyone? Take any issue of today and listen to our politicians. Depending on who is asking the question and who is listening to the answer you will hear the politician respond differently. You might claim they are being all things to all people but not if the message is changed. You must remain true to yourself.

Think of your pastors. Many teachings of Jesus are hard sayings. The tendency is to soften the edges or make it politically correct. We all like to be liked. But Paul is telling us, no, the way of cross, following Jesus to Calvary, is still the only way. To have the courage to do this, you need to be in league with the Holy Spirit. Admitting your failings and seeking to rely on the Spirit. Holy Spirit, enter our hearts this week.

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen