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Acts 16:22-34
Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8
John 16:5-11

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"He led them up into his house, spread a table before them, and joyfully celebrated with his whole family his newfound faith in God." —Acts 16:34

During an earthquake, a jailer was about to commit suicide (Acts 16:27). Paul and Silas stopped the jailer, who took them home. "They proceeded to announce the word of God to him and to everyone in his house" (Acts 16:32). Then "he led them up into his house" (Acts 16:34). The house is the place to receive salvation.

Before the conversion of the jailer and his family, Paul and Silas converted Lydia. "After she and her household had been baptized, she extended us an invitation: 'If you are convinced that I believe in the Lord, come and stay at my house' " (Acts 16:15). After Paul and Silas were released from prison, "the two first made their way to Lydia's house" (Acts 16:40). The house is the place of conversion, healing, and community.

When Jesus sent out His apostles to proclaim God's kingdom, He commanded them: "Stay at whatever house you enter and proceed from there" (Lk 9:4). After the first Christian Pentecost, those filled with the Holy Spirit broke bread, that is, celebrated the Eucharist, in their homes (Acts 2:46). The house is the base for establishing God's kingdom and the heart of Christian community.

Let the risen Christ make your house the place to be.

Prayer:  Father, make my house a domestic church.

Promise:  "It is much better for you that I go. If I fail to go, the Paraclete will never come to you, whereas if I go, I will send Him to you." —Jn 16:7

Praise:  Twice monthly for the last several decades, Victoria hosts her home-based community prayer meeting in her home.

Reference:  (For more teaching on this subject, order our booklet, Christian Home-Based Communities.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 2, 2012

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