Do We Get a Second Chance After Failing? (Sat. June 5)

The word of the day  is “second”  They say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.  But what about those who are not so resilient?  Is there a second chance for quitters?  In our reading of Acts 15:35-41, Paul and Barnabas debate whether to take John Mark with them on the “Second Missionary Journey.”  In his history of the early church, Luke writes, “Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark.  But Paul insisted that they should not take with them one who had departed from them in Pamphylia” (OSB vs. 37-38).  Today we consider this case of a failure to meet the challenge of service to the Lord.  And we suggest how we might…