For this reason, brothers and sisters, during all our distress and persecution we have been encouraged about you through your faith. For we now live, if you continue to stand firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
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.
“How can we thank God enough for the joy you give us?” What a beautiful letter this must have been to receive! Paul and his companions are full of joy to think about the strength of their faith and their love for each other. What is it about the people in your life that makes you happy and grateful?
Could this reading be a reminder for us, too? Let’s spend time today considering our own priorities for our day and for our relationships with those close to us. Did we do something to strengthen our faith? Did we show love? Did we live in a way to give others an example of faith and love, too? Let’s pray for the intercession of St. John the Baptist, who had his eyes fixed on Jesus from the very beginning of his life, as we live our faith today.
—Beth Franzosa teaches in the Religious Studies department at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.
God, bless all those I love today, and help us grow in faith and love. Amen.
—Beth FranzosaPlease share the Good Word with your friends!