Courage – Good News for May 26

26 05 2009

John 17:1-11

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 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. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

The Daily Path: Today, I’d like to share another reading with you today. It’s from the Acts of the Apostles 20:22-24:

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.

St. Paul knew that continuing to share the word of God meant walking in harm’s way, yet he did so anyway. What incredible courage. As you may know, Paul was ultimately arrested and after years of imprisonment was beheaded.

While reading this I couldn’t help but think about Paul’s contemporary, Peter, who on the night Jesus was arrested denied knowing Him three times. What a difference the Holy Spirit made in these men. 

I reflect on all of the occasions I deny Jesus. Sometimes I know that proclaiming my Catholic faith, or faith in God period, won’t be a popular thing to do. In those moments of fear, living in the world suddenly becomes more important than living in the Word. While I’d like to be more like Paul fearlessly proclaiming the Gospel of God’s grace, all too often I feel like Peter… before he had his shower in the Spirit.  

Christ revealed God to us. Perhaps we can find courage to live our lives in ways that will reveal the name of God to others.

A double dose of the Spirit please!

Room to Chat: Each day presents a new opportunity to demonstrate a little courage in living the Word of God. Be brave!