Today we are celebrating the Twelve Holy Apostles of Christ. It is them who had been blessed to live close to Jesus Christ during the three years of His public mission, to see His miracles, to hear His divine teaching, and ultimately, on the day of His Ascension to Heaven, to entrust on them the continuation of His work to preach the Gospel to all nations, and baptize those who would believe in Him.
As we celebrate all the Saints of the Church together, the reading for today from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews reminds us of the struggles, feats and martyrdom of the Saints in the Old Testament, which were achieved by their faith in God.
For this particular reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we see the Apostle Paul imparting his spiritual legacy upon the presbyters of Ephesus in an emotional farewell address at the seaside town of Miletus.
In today’s passage from the Acts of the Apostles, we see two main themes: Satan’s cunning in how he deceives people, and the wondrous protection that God provides to the faithful who are devoted to Him.