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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/053017.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 faced his coming trials with faith and courage. He never shrank from speaking the truth of Our Lord. He had faith that wherever the Lord led him, He would be there for him. Can you say that? What kind of faith do you have? Are you ready to face a future of truth, trusting in God? It will lead to a life of freedom if you will say yes.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the freedom that I have received by living in your truth is amazing. You give me strength, courage and the words I need to do your work. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, honor and glory, Amen and Alleluia.

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

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