Finish my course

Greetings on this the Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Readings: Acts 20:17-27; PS 68:10-11, 20-21; Jn 17:1-11a

In todays readings we see a parallel finishing of a course (Paul and Jesus).

First reading
in the first reading Paul talking about his return to Jerusalem which he is certain will set the course for his imprisonment and death having received warnings as such by the Holy Spirit.

To his fellow believers he declares:
I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God.

Yet I consider life of no importance to me,
if only I may finish my course
and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus,
to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.

Paul has to leave them behind as they will ever see his face again.
Paul’s glory was to bear witness of Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
Blessed day by day be the Lord,
who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation.
God is a saving God for us;
the LORD, my Lord, controls the passageways of death.

Alleluia Verse
I will ask the Father
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you always.

Gospel Portion
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
“Father, the hour has come.

Jesus knows he glorifies the Father in finishing his course.
His course on the Cross is to give eternal life to all.

He notes (as Paul does later in his life) my friends (remain) in the world, while I am coming to you.

Jesus’ glory is to bear witness of the Father.

Such a moving parallel course Paul imitating Jesus.
Accepting his glory to glorify God and save the people.

What course are we on? Do we bear any burden for others? Are we hopeful for the well-being of others? Do we share the Glory given us so that the Father may be glorified in return?

Be a Jesus.
Be a Paul.
Be yourself.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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