Fr. James' Lectionary

The Lectionary is both a reading program for completing all of Holy Scripture on a one year schedule, and a daily comment on a portion of the day's reading wedded to a poem to give an added perspective on the theme.

Location: Amherst, Virginia, United States

Monday, January 15, 2007

Change in Leadership: Acts 13 with an anonymous poem, More Grace

Daily Readings
Psalm 13, Genesis 14, Isaiah 15, Acts 13

Daily Text: Acts 13

Change in Leadership
Acts 13 is a continuation of the recital left off in Acts 11. There is a solid group of teachers in Antioch, enough so that Barnabas and Saul can be spared for mission work, and they were ordained to go. When they left Antioch, Barnabas led the mission that he and Saul were sent upon. By the time they left Paphos, Paul was the leader. Presumably, Barnabas was very happy with this change in leadership. He had early spotted Paul’s potential and supported him in the new ministry. God-fearers, and Hellenists seemed to be the ones who responded most readily as they traveled, though there must have been many Jews who took up faith with this newly proclaimed Messiah, as well. But in Perga the leading Jews were quite threatened by the enthusiastic hearing that Paul and Barnabas were receiving and they drove them from the region. Not to be daunted the new disciples, the ones who continued in Perga, were filled with great joy as Paul, Barnabas and company departed.

More Grace

It takes more grace than I can tell
To play the second fiddle well.


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