Failure as a Blessing

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For 9 May 2020, Saturday of the 4th week of Eastertide, based on Acts 13:44-52

The next sabbath almost the whole city of Antioch in Pisidia gathered to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy; and blaspheming, they contradicted what was spoken by Paul. Then both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you. Since you reject it and judge yourselves to be unworthy of eternal life, we are now turning to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,
‘I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles,
so that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

  When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and praised the word of the Lord; and as many as had been destined for eternal life became believers. Thus the word of the Lord spread throughout the region. But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, and stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their region. So they shook the dust off their feet in protest against them, and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

From John 14:
“whoever believes in me
will perform the same works as I do myself,
he will perform even greater works,
because I am going to the Father.”


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scott Steinkerchner, O.P.

Scott is the general editor of this site and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He is a friar of St. Albert the Great province in the United States and preaches for an internatiopnal charity, Food For the Poor.