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Doctrines & Morals

I am no longer in the world

Acts 20:17-27, Jn 17:1-11. Today’s first reading and Gospel recount the famous farewell speech of Paul and Jesus. Paul realises that his ministry and mission to the people in Ephesus and other parts of Asia Minor is over. He bids them farewell, informing them that he does not fear the imprisonment and persecution which probably await him when he returns to Jerusalem and beyond. Paul was to proceed to Jerusalem and hopes to journey westward to Rome if he survives the dangers in that city. Jesus also declares that the work given to Him by His Father is now finished and He prays: “I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.” Paul offers parting advice to the religious leaders; while Jesus prays for them and for all who will join them in times to come. Paul and Jesus state that their work is done and look to the future with trust in God. Paul says plainly: “You know how I lived among you from the first day I came here, how I served the Lord with humility through the sorrows and trials that came my way.”

Jesus affirms the fidelity of His friends: “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word." Paul faces an uncertain future, knowing that prison probably awaits Him at Jerusalem. Jesus did not mention exactly what lies ahead; he only prays that His followers remain faithful to Him and His teaching. Jesus sets out preparing his disciples, reassuring them that all hope is not lost – he entrusts them to His Father. Our Lord models for us how to strengthen our beloved ones at moments of trials. We are not to get scared and distance ourselves from them, instead, we have got to be with them, to strengthen them. Prayer is one key way of reassuring them, Jesus prays for them.

May the Lord give us the grace to always be faithful companions to the end! Amen!! Good morning and a glorious day!!!

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