Acts 16:9-15 - Sunday Scripture Reflection
Updated: May 24, 2022
On this Sixth Sunday of Easter, we read from the Book of Acts and hear the story of the first convert to Christianity in Europe! Among the many interesting parts of this story, we will reflect on the conversion of Lydia and discuss her faithful and courageous character and the gracious hospitality she shares with Paul and his companions. We will also discuss the idea of Christian hospitality and how our acts of hospitality are opportunities to share God's love in the world.
Our Scripture passage is found in the Book of Acts. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Acts 16:9-15).
For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):
Read the Scripture lesson assigned for the day. (For additional background information and context for the journey of Paul and his companions, you may also read Acts 16:1-8). Paul and his companions had traveled very far before encountering Lydia and her household. Lydia's hospitality was very gracious to these travelers - what do you believe makes for "good" hospitality? What additional items, if any, do you believe makes for "faithful Christian" hospitality?
Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below - what would have been your reaction to finding such a successful businessperson and leader of the community, as Lydia was, down by the river, outside the gates of the town? What do you imagine this scene says about Lydia's character and presence in her community?
Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below and reflect on the author's statement regarding Lydia's faith and her ability to take decisive actions in her life. What do you imagine helps her to be confident in her decisions?
Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on the author's statements about human experiences of receiving God's visions. Paul completely changed the itinerary of his missionary trip based on a vision he received. Have you ever had an experience where the "call of God" (in some form) prompted you to take a different path in life? Why do you believe it is so difficult, in our modern times, for people to receive or even believe that God speaks through dreams of personal prayers?
Read the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below, and give some thought to where in your community people are waiting to hear and experience the hospitality of God's love. How might you be a part of bring God's hospitality to those in need?