Refreshment for the Soul
August 30, 2022
Somewhere between AD 57-62, Saint Paul wrote a letter to Philemon, “dear friend and co-worker”, a wealthy man in Colossae, to Apphia, likely Philemon’s wife, “our sister”, and to Archippus, “our fellow soldier”, some have speculated to be the son of Philemon and Apphia. In it, he says something that I hope someday someone may be able to say of me.
I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love,
because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother.
How I wish that my love bring joy and encouragement to others, and refreshment to the hearts of the saints, i.e., fellow believers around me. In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus invites, by grace, the complete gift of ourselves to Him. If we place our hearts freely in His hands, in His heart, He promises that “the water that I will give will become a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (John 4: 14). How refreshing…
Yours in Christ,