Proclaiming the Kingdom

Saturday, April 23, 2016

 Proclaiming the Kingdom
Easter, Day 28

Today in Acts, Paul and Barnabas try to proclaim the word of God to the Jews but they would not receive it and so they begin proclaiming it to the Gentiles.  

It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first,
but since you reject it
and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,
we now turn to the Gentiles.
For so the Lord has commanded us,
I have made you a light to the Gentiles,
that you may be an instrument of salvation
to the ends of the earth.”

The Gentiles at the time of Acts were glad to receive the Word; however in future generations, the Word was not so well received. However, throughout the centuries the faithful continue to be a light for all who are open to the word.

St. George (d 303) was a Christian soldier martyred for the faith in Lydda, which is present day Israel.  He is known as the “Dragon Slayer”.  The story of George’s slaying of a dragon, rescuing the king’s daughter and converting his country is a 12th century Italian fable;  however,  the dragon is probably a symbol of the Roman Emperor Diocletian who instigated the persecution in which George perished.  Somehow, by the Middle Ages, George became associated with chivalry, valor and charity.  In the 14th century King Edward III named him patron of the great order of English Knights, the Order of the Garter, which was founded on this day in 1348.  George’s symbol, a red cross on a white background became symbol of the British Army and St. George became England’s principal patron.

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