Acts 20:17-27; John 17:1-11a
St. Paul gave me chills today as he informed his friends that he would never see them again because he was leaving for Jerusalem. He had no clue what would happen except that he expected “imprisonment and hardships.” He warned the disciples that they might also pay for their beliefs in blood he wasn’t responsible because “I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God.”
Talk about laying it on the line!!!!
John’s Gospel today spells out that “entire plan” from which Christians continue to draw courage and faith. “Give glory to your son so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.”
This faith that everything will come out fine in the end should give us courage to listen to the Spirit. I’m thinking of that in a special way this week. Have faith and courage!
By Eileen Wirth