Greetings on this the Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Readings: Acts 20:28-38; PS 68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab; Jn 17:11b-19
Note: We continue reflecting on the parallel course the reading take for Saint Paul and Jesus.
Paul tells them prior to his journey back to Jerusalem, Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock.
Danger from without
Savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock.
Danger from within
From your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them.
- Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers of the Church which Jesus acquired by his blood.
- Take no silver or gold or clothing.
- Help the weak.
- More blessed to give than to receive.
The focus is a positive – this is what you are to do.
The focus is also the negative sign of the wolf and perverted men.
Be Mindful Those Who
- Doesn’t act like a proper overseer.
- Takes gold, silver or clothes.
- Who ignores the weak.
- Who receives more than gives (in spirit and material things).
These are the wolves and perverted men.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.
Jesus, preparing for his Passion is giving the same.
Jesus focuses on the positive.
Holy Father, keep them in your name
that you have given me,
so that they may be one just as we are one.
Jesus now is giving the Father his request for his flock.
Paul imitates this by his departure speech to the Ephesians.
Jesus is addressing his Father in the same way.
- Keep them.
- Make them one.
- Protect them.
- Guard them.
- Keep them from the Evil One.
- They belong to you.
- Share Joy with them.
- My word I gave them.
- Your word is truth.
- Send them too in the world but not of the world.
- Consecrate them in truth.
For the Father needs no oblation but the Son in mutual love.
He takes no gold, silver or clothes.
He attends the weak.
He gives all (in spirit and material things).
Planning Your Trip
Paul and Jesus put a lot of thought into the needs of the faithful prior to his departure.
Like you planning a vacation or a business trip? Do you make lists, set things out, put reminders here and there to properly plan for your departure?
I’m not asking where you are going.
I’m asking what is your plan?
Peace be with you,