As with other things in life, before we can focus on where we are headed, we must first look at where we’ve been. For the first two days of our journey into the world of Saint Paul, we spent time in museums learning about the history of the region (Greece) before Paul’s time.
We spent Saturday in the National Archeological Museum and then Sunday afternoon in Delphi at the Temple of Apollo. I begin to see the difference between eras, though I still can’t tell you the names of them. I think I may have the “Hellenistic” period down now in addition to the Roman, thanks to Greece.
The Temple at Delphi, high in the mountains, capped our pre-Paul time.
I learned that those, hoping to protect their families, went to the mountains instead of staying along the shore due to their fears of being attacked. They believed that Apollo was the god of the Sun and the one to oversee all that they did. Later, they built a temple and treasuries,
for the plunder, to give thanks to Apollo for their survival and defeat of the enemy. Since, clearly, Apollo favored them, they regularly asked Apollo’s oracle for answers to their questions about life.
I look around today and see people trying to do the same things: attempting to provide for and protect their families, looking for answers, and giving thanks. Saint Paul is among those who showed us that grace is available to each of us through Christ.