First Reading Acts 20:17-35
Paul knows that he will never see these servants of the Ephesian church again. He ends his farewell with a prayer: “I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Ac 20:32–33). He commends them to the grace of God because that is the grace which saves through faith. We as brothers and sisters of our Redeemer Christ Jesus are built up in that inheritance, won for us and now freely ours to receive through Word and Sacrament, which is the work of the Holy Spirit. This is the inheritance for which Paul contested throughout the years of his ministry. This is the inheritance “that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Pe 1:4–5).