Do you listen to your parents? Always? Do you do what they want you to do? Always? Do you always try to make them happy? Always? Well, sometimes it’s hard to always listen
to your mother and father, to always do what they ask, to always make the happy. But in the Gospel today, we hear a prayer that our Lord, Jesus Christ, prayed to His Father. Jesus showed that He always listened to His Father. Jesus always did what He came to earth to do. Jesus always did what He was supposed to do.
In that prayer, Jesus says that He has finished His work. And what was His work? Well, it was to show the world how much God loves us. It was to give the world eternal life, to invite us to be with Him forever in heaven. That was Christ’s job here, and He did it perfectly.
We know that Jesus Christ is perfect. He’s the one person who never made any mistakes. But remember, He was a person, too! He didn’t like to be hurt. He didn’t like to be made fun of. He didn’t like to be sad. But He did what God the Father wanted…always. Let’s ask Him to help us listen to God, too!
SAINT ANTIPATER: BISHOP OF BOSTRA
If you had a map, you could find New York on it, couldn’t you? How about London? Moscow? How about Bostra? Bostra? Have you heard of it? Bostra was an important city long ago. It’s in the country of Syria, where there were once many Christians. Bostra had its own bishop, and in the year 451, that bishop was named Antipater. Saint Antipater was part of another important
bishops’ meeting (like we celebrate today). He wrote lots of things, but we only have a little bit of it today.