Paul always worked with the local people in the places where he established the Church. Even though the one in charge of the new community is from another place, one of his main tasks was to raise up local leaders and form them in the ways of the Gospel. Being a leader is very difficult because you can never please all of the people all the time. But then difficult decisions need to be made.>>> Acts 18:1-8
When someone we love leaves us, we become desolate, even if the absence is for a short time. Goodbyes are never simple. With Jesus, however, His “goodbye” as He ascends to heaven is
Jesus said: I will not leave your orphans, says the Lord; I will come back to you, and your hearts will rejoice.
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
R: The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
1 Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; His right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. (R) 2 The Lord has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. 3 He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. (R) All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. 4 Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; break into song; sing praise. (R)