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St. Bernardine of Siena

Acts 16:1-10
Psalm 100
John 15:18-21

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the scene of the crime

Paul "came to Lystra." —Acts 16:1

In the city of Lystra, Paul had stones smashed against his skull until he was knocked unconscious (Acts 14:19). They grabbed his legs, dragged him through and out of town, and probably threw him in the dump. Paul's disciples formed a circle around him, and he either regained consciousness or rose from the dead. Then Paul amazingly, courageously, went back into Lystra (Acts 14:20).

He even returned on two other occasions to Lystra, the scene of the crimes against him (Acts 14:21; 16:1). The last time we hear of Paul in Lystra was when he called Timothy into the ministry (Acts 16:1-3). If Paul hadn't returned to the scene of the crime, if he hadn't been healed enough to go back, possibly Timothy would never have been raised up as one of the great disciples and leaders of the early Church.

Where is your Lystra? Where is the scene of the crimes against you? Where and by whom have you been hurt deeply? Be healed. Go back. Let faith overcome fear. There's a blessing, a miracle in your Lystra, if you have the healing and courage to return.

Prayer:  Risen Jesus, take my hand. Lead me to the promised land.

Promise:  "The reason [the world] hates you is that you do not belong to the world. But I chose you out of the world." —Jn 15:19

Praise:  An orphan himself, St. Bernardine served plague victims before becoming a priest.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Hold Fast to The Faith on audio AV 71-1 or video V-71.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 27, 2005

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