Wednesday, May 16, 2007
They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory
because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit
from preaching the message in the province of Asia.
When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia,
but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them,
so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas.
During the night Paul had a vision.
A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words,
“Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
When he had seen the vision,
we sought passage to Macedonia at once,
concluding that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.
I was reading Memory and Identity and came across JPII's reference to this passage as being quite mysterious, and then it showed up in the daily Mass reading on about the same day. Mysterious indeed, that the evangelization of Europe started at the request of a Macedonian of some sort, and quite fortunate for all.