The Mediterranean Pass - Acts 27
Graig Huber


“O, Companion! What do you desire?” The Companion of the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross humbly solicited admission to the privileges of the Mediterranean Pass, so that he may safely undertake a pilgrimage to the Holy Sepulchre. If found worthy, his prayer was to be received and accepted as a Knight of Malta. When he submitted himself to the Chaplain and the Prior, he recalled in Scripture the circumstances of the Apostle Paul on the Island of Malta after the apostle and his crew were shipwrecked: “And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” Through extreme peril, destitution and suffering, he, like Paul, may also find himself warming next to a fire, even though knowing that he served a higher purpose than pursuit of the fleeting comforts of this world. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Only the bare necessities of life being provided, he received water from the blade and bread from the point of the sword, remembering the journeys of his ancient Pilgrim Brothers of old. Keep steadfast in all your solemn professions! Persevere in the practice of every commendable virtue.

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