Paul came down to Antioch, where he spent a short time before continuing his journey through the Galatian country and then through Phrygia, encouraging all the followers.
An Alexandrian Jew named Apollos now arrived in Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, with a sound knowledge of the scriptures, and yet, though he had been given instruction in the Way of the Lord and preached with great spiritual earnestness and was accurate in all the details he taught about Jesus, he had only experienced the baptism of John. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him speak boldly in the synagogue, they took an interest in him and gave him further instruction about the Way.
When Apollos thought of crossing over to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote asking the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived there he was able by God’s grace to help the believers considerably by the energetic way he refuted the Jews in public and demonstrated from the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
anything you ask for from the Father he will grant in my name.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.
Ask and you will receive, and so your joy will be complete.
I have been telling you all this in metaphors,
the hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in metaphors;
but tell you about the Father in plain words.
When that day comes you will ask in my name;
and I do not say that I shall pray to the Father for you,
because the Father himself loves you for loving me
and believing that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world
and now I leave the world to go to the Father.’
Gave him further instructions
When we were born, we had our parents or guardians around us. Feeding us and giving us shelter and clothing as best they could afford. We had someone take care of us and we were not alone. As we enter school or work, we hope to form friendships with our classmates or co-workers and follow after good leaders. We then begin to seek a partner in love… someone whom we could spend the rest of our lives with. We have friends and loved ones whom we have great relationships with, both for emotional and spiritual support. We build our families in our homes and in our churches.
Apollos was an eloquent and knowledgable follower of Christ but his experiences with God was not of first-hand experience. His faith and eagerness to preach about the Lord was very much a form of encouragement to people around him. This caught the attention of Priscilla and Aquila who encouraged him and strengthened his faith in Jesus. We can never walk alone. It is never a faith journey of just between you and Christ. It is never a journey of just between you and the Lord Father. It is never a journey of just you and the Eucharist. It has always been about you, God and others. We are little humans that need support from people of all walks of life… because we can always learn a thing or two from someone else. We are not to be selfish and to keep knowledge to ourselves. Jesus’s journey on earth was always about His people, Him and the Father. If Jesus was journeying with God only, then we would never have the Church. The community is very much an integral part of our faith journey.
My dear brothers and sisters, may this ministry continue to touch you as we share our reflections with you. Because of you, we are encouraged to share our faith journey through these writings. Because of you, we continue to increase our faith in Christ. May we continue to grow in faith alongside this small community.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Austin Leong)
Prayer: We pray for those who are alone tonight, that they may find comfort and warmth in communities. May they not fall into depression, but to find hope in others, as in with the Lord.
Thanksgiving: We thank the Lord for the support He has given us. We thank the Lord for all the readers for their encouragement to us.