“The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45
Peter was crucified upside down. John was exiled to an island. The church was being slandered and persecuted as literally incestuous (brothers and sisters in Christ) cannibals (eat the body, drink the blood) who were bent on destroying the Roman empire (King of Kings and Prince of Peace). And yet, Paul reassured the others, “We can work with this. Trust me, I’m a Roman citizen. Once I explain things in Rome, it’ll get better.”
Tradition tells us that Paul was martyred in Italy, the home of the Empire he tried to navigate on behalf of the church.
I love Paul. I find great joy and truth in his letters. He did more for the church than I can ever hope to do. But he was human. And that makes each of us fallible.
Remember brothers and sisters:
When someone tells you who they are, believe them!