Saints Prisca and Aquila, first century
During Jesus' life on Earth, he placed great value on friendships and relationships. Many years later, when Saint Paul was traveling throughout the Mediterranean region spreading the Gospel of Jesus, he, too, relied on friendships and hospitality. Among those who shared their home and hospitality with him were Prisca (Priscilla) and her husband Aquila.
Prisca and Aquila lived in Corinth, Greece. They were Jews who had lived in Rome but had been banished by the Emperor Claudius because of their faith. Aquila and Paul were both tentmakers by trade and they worked together during the time Paul stayed in Corinth. It is probable that Prisca and Aquila converted to Christianity around this time because the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 16:19–20 and Romans 16:3–5) speak of them having a Church in their home.
In the spirit of Jesus, Prisca and Aquila opened their hearts to Paul in friendship. He expressed his thankfulness for them in letters he sent to his other followers.
Paul stayed with Prisca and Aquila in Corinth for about a year and a half, making many converts among the Jews living there. When he set sail for Syria, the couple sailed with him. When they reached Ephesus, in what is now Turkey, Paul left them there. We hear no more about Prisca and Aquila after that, but it is believed they returned to Rome and were martyred there. For their devotion to their faith, Prisca and Aquila were both canonized.
Discuss: Tell about a time when you opened your heart in friendship to someone who turned out to be a great friend.
Share with the young people a map of Paul's travels.