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The Joy of a Friend

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“I am well supplied because of what I received from you through Epaphroditus.”—Philippians 4:18

St. Epaphroditus is one of those biblical Christians from Philippi—those Christians who seemed to be full of joy and brought cheer to Paul. Actually, the words joy and rejoice(s) appear 15 times in this short letter! Epaphroditus brought joy by bringing Paul a gift from the Christian community of Philippi—likely something to help him endure his imprisonment at the time. He brought this great evangelist hope, relief . . . and joy!


St. Epaphroditus,
Please pray that I, too, may keep a holy joy
in my heart,
and that I, too, may be generous
to those in difficult situations.


Consider reading more of St. Epaphroditus’ short narrative in Philippians 2:25–30. Imagine yourself in a prison cell with Epaphroditus and Paul. What questions would you want to ask? What would you want to learn about Epaphroditus?

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