In these days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium, arrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere the faith, saying, ***“it is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.” ***[/UThey appointed presbyters for them in each Church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith. Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished. And when they arrived, they called the Church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. Then they spent no little time with the disciples.
Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom…
St Jn 14:27-31:
Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, “I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”
*we must go through many hardships…
God, in his great mercy, gives us time to “work out (our) salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12); if we do not do this sufficiently by the end of this life - and since no impure thing will enter Heaven (Revelation 21:27) - He gives us this extra time by way of Purgatory (1 Cor 3:13, St Mt 12:32: mentions: forgiveness “in the age to come”)*