May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings:

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 taught the truth, he did not water it down, he did not tell people what they wanted to hear. He preached what he received from Jesus, not from a book, not from hearsay but directly from Jesus. He preached repentance to everyone and would continue to do it in Jerusalem, even though the Holy Spirit warned of the suffering and hardship he would suffer. Do we have that kind of faith today? Or are we too afraid of hurting people’s feelings?

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always speak your truth and not what the world thinks is the truth. Give me your strength as I give you praise through your Son Jesus, Amen!

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Alleluia!


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