We begin our pilgrims’ way with truth.
In Caesarea we recall Paul, claiming truth about himself and about his Lord. Truth had shifted for Paul and nothing would be the same.
Paul had been one who was known for who he appeared to be: ‘All the Jews know my way of life from my youth, a life spent from the beginning among my own people’ (Acts 26:4).
He was counted among those set apart, someone who knew how to speak of his religion: ‘I have belonged to the strictest sect of our religion’ (Acts 26:5).
What has your belonging been? How do people recognize you? How are you known?
For Paul, hope is what sets him free to chart another course: ‘now I stand here on trial on account of my hope in the promise made by God’ (Acts 26:6).
What of Truth might you encounter here? Where might this inward journey be taking you? Where is it that you stand with Paul?