There is more happiness in giving than in receiving
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK
Acts 20:28-38, Jn 17:11-19. Today’s first reading presents us with Paul’s farewell speech to the elders in Ephesus. As Paul enjoined them to remember his example of manual labour and tireless preaching, he showed conviction and commitment in his words. Just as he worked to support himself and companions, he urges the elders to do the same. Paul asks the leaders to continue to watch over the flock which has been entrusted to their care. Paul reassured them of God’s guidance and protection.
Those who placed their faith and trust in God will never be disappointed and everything that they do and carry out in their lives will be blessed by God. In the same way, today’s Gospel presents Jesus’ farewell speech. His prayer on their behalf continues His loving care. His intercessory prayer is an extension of the many ways He served them since they first began to follow Him. In a similar way, our prayer for others is an extension of our care for them; it is another form of service. By His intercession, Jesus teaches us the value of all intercessory prayer.
May the Lord empower us to remain firm in our faith, despite the many trials, challenges and hardships facing us, so that our lives and actions will always reflect our Christian faith! Amen!! Have a glorious day!!!