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October 18, 2021

St. Luke

2 Tm 4: 10-17b

Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will pay him back for his deeds. You also must beware of him, for he strongly opposed our message.

At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Beloved friends

Today, we hear about Paul’s friendships with Luke, Timothy, Mark, and Carpus. Paul’s ministry would have suffered considerably without the support of his friends.

When I experience real friendship, I am drawn to replicate my friends’ acts of responsiveness, generosity, and compassion because I now know that my real friend’s reliable hand is there in my moment of need. A trusted friend lends ears and heart to my deepest hopes and fears. An insightful friend speaks words of clarity as I am wading through the swamp of life’s confusions. My true friend travels hundreds of miles to celebrate with me life’s treasured moments, and sits, with arms around me, as I weep in the midst of life’s sorrows.

Each day, Jesus offers me his gift of transformational friendship. Do my words, actions, and life choices reflect that I am a beloved friend of Jesus?

Russ Long is a parishioner and participant in the After the Spiritual Exercises program at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me deepen my friendship with you.
Help me see the world anew with your eyes of care.
Let me offer your compassion to each person I meet.
May my spoken words be your words in each conversation.
Guide my actions to reflect your response to each person I encounter.
Soften and transform my heart to be one with your heart,
and, may my heart always abide within your loving heart.
Amen.

—Russ Long


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October 18, 2021

St. Luke

2 Tm 4: 10-17b

Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will pay him back for his deeds. You also must beware of him, for he strongly opposed our message.

At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Beloved friends

Today, we hear about Paul’s friendships with Luke, Timothy, Mark, and Carpus. Paul’s ministry would have suffered considerably without the support of his friends.

When I experience real friendship, I am drawn to replicate my friends’ acts of responsiveness, generosity, and compassion because I now know that my real friend’s reliable hand is there in my moment of need. A trusted friend lends ears and heart to my deepest hopes and fears. An insightful friend speaks words of clarity as I am wading through the swamp of life’s confusions. My true friend travels hundreds of miles to celebrate with me life’s treasured moments, and sits, with arms around me, as I weep in the midst of life’s sorrows.

Each day, Jesus offers me his gift of transformational friendship. Do my words, actions, and life choices reflect that I am a beloved friend of Jesus?

Russ Long is a parishioner and participant in the After the Spiritual Exercises program at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me deepen my friendship with you.
Help me see the world anew with your eyes of care.
Let me offer your compassion to each person I meet.
May my spoken words be your words in each conversation.
Guide my actions to reflect your response to each person I encounter.
Soften and transform my heart to be one with your heart,
and, may my heart always abide within your loving heart.
Amen.

—Russ Long


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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