Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051915.cfm
From Miletus Paul had the presbyters of the Church at Ephesus summoned. When they came to him, he addressed them, “You know how I lived among you the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia. I served the Lord with all humility and with the tears and trials that came to me because of the plots of the Jews, and I did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, or from teaching you in public or in your homes. I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus. But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know, except that in one city after another the Holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me. 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.
“But now I know that none of you to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels will ever see my face again. And so I solemnly declare to you this day that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you, for I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God.”
Paul, the man who hated the followers of Christ to the point of hunting them down, was converted by Christ. He then pursued the truth of Christ and followed Him to his own death. He willingly gave his life for that truth. How vigorously do you pursue the truth of Christ?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I willingly search for your truth. What you have revealed to me through teachings, friends and the Church has convinced me that what Paul did is what we should all do. Help me to follow that path. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Alleluia!