May 19, 2015
St. Paul said to the presbyters of Ephesus, “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.” Acts 20:17-27
Kind of a strange farewell. But, as Paul always is, he was blunt. He passed on the baton, and now it was up to them to finish the race. They could focus on the goal and give it their best, or veer off into oblivion. They knew the rewards and they knew the consequences as well, just as we should.
Jesus, likewise, in His own farewell prayer to His Father, said, “I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. . . . Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. . . .
And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.” Jn 17:1-11a
The baton, passed on again. This time directly from Jesus, directly from God. And again it was up to them to pass on the word. And again it’s our turn to do the same. To finish the race. To assure that there will be others to continue to pass on His saving Word, until he returns to collect us all for paradise.
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