"Paul and his companions travelled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Reflection. The Holy Spirit had stopped Paul and his companions entering one area and then in a vision they were called to "come and help us" in Macedonia. This is a key moment in the recording of church history. Did you notice the passage begins with the pronoun 'they' and ends with 'we.' From now on the Acts of the Apostles is in the first person; we not they. Luke, the historian, doctor and author of this book and the gospel that bears his name, has joined the group. Oh and equally important; the gospel has reached Europe! We need to remember and rejoice at these moments in our history.
Prayer. Lord Jesus, we delight to read again of the story of the spread of your Gospel. Thank you for calling us to join in! Amen.