May 19, 2015 (Acts 20:17-27 and John 17:1-11a)

The word for today may be “departure.” What do I mean, well, both readings at mass deal with “leaving” someone behind. In the Gospel, we hear from the “Farewell Discourse” of Jesus at the Last Supper. “Father, the hour has come.” Jesus is serene as He bids His farewell. He is praying for His apostles (the same apostles who will abandon Him in a matter of hours). Paul, in the First Reading, is bidding farewell to the Ephesians. He seems to be having a problem keeping his composure. “None of you will ever see my face again,” he says. He is going to Jerusalem where he’ll be arrested and shipped off to Rome for trial (which won’t happen but a beheading will happen).

We often have problems when it comes to whom do we pray for? Only our friends and family? How about our enemies?

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