Reading 1: Acts 20: 17-27
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 68:10-11, 20-21
Gospel: John 17: 1-11
While I was reading and reflecting on the readings for today, I couldn’t help but think about Paul’s words to “fight the good fight,” and to “finish the race.” Both Paul and Jesus are nearing the end of their “race” and almost at the finish line, and while it is plain to see that both have made peace with this fact, they both seem to be reflecting on their lives and what they have done. Paul talks about how he knows the Holy Spirit has told him that he will be imprisoned in Jerusalem, but that he is unafraid. In a way Paul is saying that it’s no big deal to him as he is only concerned with finishing the race, the course laid before him by God to proclaim His Gospel. At the end of his race Paul is not concerned with the regrets he has or the “what ifs” of his life, his only concern is that of finishing the mission that God gave him. Similarly with Jesus, we see Him as He nears the end. Jesus even says, “the hour has come.” Remarkably, just like Paul, Jesus’s only concern is that of accomplishing the work God gave Him. Jesus’s words are words of joy and thanksgiving. Thanks to His Father, who gave Him the power and glory and the authority; and the joy of fulfilling what God asked of Him.
Today, my prayer is this; that when I near the end of my life, that I can look back, as Paul and Jesus did, and not be troubled with the regrets or “what ifs”. I want to be able to look back and know that I accomplished what God called me to do. I pray that we may all re-dedicate ourselves to fulfilling the calling that God has put in each of our lives. Let us reflect and remind ourselves of Paul’s words; “fight the good fight,” and “finish the race.”