Faithful

Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters,
especially for strangers;
they have testified to your love before the Church.
Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.
For they have set out for the sake of the Name
and are accepting nothing from the pagans.
Therefore, we ought to support such persons,
so that we may be co-workers in the truth.
(3 John 5-8)

Scripture Study

5 You are faithful in all you do: Gaius’s aid to the missionaries is a manifestation of his true Christian faith.

6 Help them … to continue their journey: the Presbyter asks Gaius not only to continue to welcome the missionaries to his community but also to equip them for further travels.

7 The Name: of Jesus Christ (cf. Acts 5:41; 1 Jn 2:12; 3:23; 5:13). Accepting nothing: not expecting support from the pagans to whom they preach the gospel, so that they will not be considered as beggars; they required support from other Christians; cf. Paul’s complaints to the Corinthians (1 Cor 9:3–12).[1]

Reflection

you are faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters.

“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” When we read this passage, many of us are challenged to understand how we could ever attain such a standard. What our Lord means here is that God’s own perfection should be the model that every faithful Christian tries to follow, even though he realizes that there is an infinite distance between himself and his Creator. The Second Vatican Council tells us that “Lay people have countless opportunities for exercising the apostolate of evangelization and sanctification. The very witness of a Christian life, and good works done in a supernatural spirit, are effective in drawing people to the faith and to God; and that is what the Lord has said: ‘Let your light shine so brightly before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven’ ((Apostolicam actuositatem, 6).” 

We have a perfect example of the effort the Lord is speaking to as St John praises Gaius for his faithfulness in service. His actions of imitating the love for others that the Lord showed in his life is what we should strive for in our daily walk. Could the faithfulness of Gaius be something we could aspire to as we seek to walk the path of perfection?

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.

 

 

 

[1] Donald Senior, John J. Collins, and Mary Ann Getty, eds., The Catholic Study Bible, 2nd Ed.: Notes, 2nd ed., vol. 2 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 1748.