Acts 20:28-38 / Jn 17:11-19
Saying goodbye, especially when it’s for the last time, can wrench the heart unbearably. It brings back memories of countless past joys and presses them together so they’re all felt at once. It brings back regrets too, and renders them all the more poignant, because now they’re beyond reach. Saying goodbye closes many doors, but it opens new ones as well. And so it was with St. Paul as he bade his last farewell and went off to Rome to die.
Closing doors are easier to see than those that are just opening. This seems always to be the case. But the new doors are there, waiting for us to walk through them and to carry on where another has left off. It is always so, generation after generation, as it was with Paul, who left to us his mission of sharing Jesus’ Good News.
And that brings us to today’s question: How are you doing at sharing the Good News? Does your life look like good news? Are you a compelling advertisement for Jesus? If not, you’re not just betraying your mission, you’re missing life’s best joys.
Maybe it’s time to rethink your life’s mission and what you are bringing to it. Every moment you delay is a moment of joy lost forever.