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These two men were disciples of St. Paul.  Paul was the great missionary to the pagan peoples in the Roman Empire.  He helped set up structures of the Church, some of which have endured to this very day.

Christianity is of its nature, a community ministry.  It is not about individuals working on their own.

Paul was obviously a very charismatic and powerful speaker; he had many gifts.  However, he could not be everywhere, and did not have all the gifts.

No-one has all the gifts.

We need to be able to know our gifts and to use them wisely.

Jesus intervened and helped Paul become the great missionary that he was.

We need to help each other discover our gifts.

Are you in the habit of affirming people?  When you notice that someone is good at something, do you tell them that?

What about within your family?  Do you take for granted the good things about your marriage partner, parents, children, other relatives?

What about the smile on the face of the person serving you at the supermarket?

When you pay for your petrol and are greeted courteously, do you acknowledge the person?

What about your work mates?  Do you just accept that the other person is just doing their job?  By acknowledging their ‘good work’ you can help remind them that work is a way of making love visible!

It is easy to name deficiencies in any human organisation, family, church, government, etc.

Do I expect someone else to fix it or do I go about doing something about improving things myself?

Paul wrote letters to Timothy and Titus.  He followed them up, did not just leave them alone after setting them up in ministry.

Networking, supporting others, is a labour of love.  It is much more than just doing our duty!

So, whether it is about Church organisations, or family, etc. am I committed for the long haul?  Do I give up because others do not pull their ‘weight’?

It is all about love, and love is generous and kind, and knows no wrong; always ready to forgive; love is eternal.

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